Story of a Donky

United States
January 31, 2007 9:07pm CST
This one I got in e-mailfrom my friend, and this is a good read. So, I thought to share with you guys. One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive. 2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happen. 3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
1 Feb 07
This is great. I had read it before but I had forgotten. So true. Sometimes we just give up too soon. Thanks for reminding me.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
You are most welcome anne:).
@rushmee (605)
• India
1 Feb 07
ya some people really give up too early in life, ya thats what i could get out of this sweet little story.
@sunshinecup (7881)
1 Feb 07
Cute story! I think it hits it right on the head. Those are 5 rules I try to live by, somedays is harder than others, but just striving for them can help. Thanks for sharing that.
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@patootie (3593)
1 Feb 07
It certainly does make you think doesn't it .. I shall try to be more 'aware' in future
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
1 Feb 07
believe it or not i follow that 5 simple rules, i am a pretty happy and lay back kind of guy, lol, becuase i got short term memory so i fogot and forgive all the time, i dont worry about much, and i appreciate everything i got i earn and i have, and i always give more to people, caring love and anything i can, and i never expect anything in return, because i know i can earn whatever i give away back easy.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
I appriciate your style of living Adi. If we can live that way we can be happy in our life all the time.
@kiran_raj (112)
• India
1 Feb 07
well, that was a real gud one, thanx for sharing it with us here on mylot, take care & if posible keep posting more stuff of the similar kinds!!!!!take care.:-)
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@aiguy01 (589)
• United States
1 Feb 07
If you add a sixth rule: 6. And keep your a s s away from the well it's a lot funnier then!
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• United States
1 Feb 07
That was a really cool story. If you give me permission I would like to copy and paste it to my email and send it to some of my family. Thanks ahead of time.
• United States
1 Feb 07
Oh sure, I will more than happy if someone want to share with this good word with more people.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
I just emailed this to my friends as well. Thank you for this post. It really makes you think doesn't it.
• United States
1 Feb 07
Yes, it really does Ally.
@goretz (72)
• Malaysia
2 Feb 07
Nice story you have there sweetlady10 BUT it is easier said than done. Wait, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that it is impossible to follow the donkey's attitude *grins* or your five simple rules to be happy. Of course everyone can do it-except that life is not always that easy-and when its not easy its hard to do as what you've written. But hey, it is still a good motivation to live on. But my advice is get real with life. 1.Forgive is good, but forgive and forget-as they always say it- is not my option, because once you forget you'll never learn and grow. 2.Worry free? Sure, just make sure you are not too ignorant, it will lead you to your downfall. 3.Simple life? Define simple. Money barely enough for buying food for one day, one week, one month? Come on, whose life is not complicated? Give more expect less... hmm, not everyone is Mother Teresa you know... but I have to agree this world needs more unselfish people...
• China
2 Feb 07
a good fable, and nice moral. however, i wonder if this donky knows the real puepose of his owner. He thinks he his master is saving him. when he comes out from the well. he is so grateful to his master. he will work harder for his master. maybe this can be taken as another interpretation of the moral of the story. ::))
@lyndaj70 (293)
• United States
2 Feb 07
That gives a definitely different viewpoint when someone starts "shoveling" stuff on me. Definitely something to think about. Thank you for sharing.
@shivanm (211)
• Trinidad And Tobago
1 Feb 07
The moral, advice of this post can be summed up in one word, "BEAUTIFUL!!" Love it.
@jend80 (2068)
1 Feb 07
Thanks for passing on this story, it doesn't matter that it's been posted before, I've been finding thingsdificult lately and really needed to be reminded of this.
• India
1 Feb 07
Now I cant stay back without appriciating u dear...It was avery good one and each and every one need to follow that
@dtc06180 (27)
• United States
1 Feb 07
i really like this story - i had never heard it before but the moral of it rings true - i think alot of people should read this and take in what it has to say - its very inspirational. Thanks for the post
• Australia
1 Feb 07
Wow this is very good story! and the morals really hit it. Thanks so much :)
• United States
1 Feb 07
That is a great story and I have read it before. Thanks for bringing it up again, it kind of pertains to life right now.
• Sri Lanka
1 Feb 07
This is a wonderful story. I have never heard of it. It will be a wonderful story to tell when someone is depressed or when someone keeps complaining how bad things are. Thanks for sharing this story with everybody. Now I am looking for the opportunity to tell this to somebody.
@moneymaka (494)
• United States
1 Feb 07
You lost me big time. i thought this was going to be a joke.
@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I was expecting this to be a joke when I read the headline ... this was far better ... in real life we can all use this to better our lives... thanks for sharing that with us ... :)
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
1 Feb 07
You shared such true words. I hope we all can take them and live each day the best we can along these idea lines. Wonderful story. Have a fondness for donkeys, they are indeed smart. Makes a wonderful point. Thank you very much for sharing this. Truly words to live by.