Quit Crying, Calm Down and Step Up!

donkeyOne day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal yipped for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was too old to help himself and he just wasn’t able to retrieve the donkey anyway. He invited all his neighbors 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 neighbors 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!

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 stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

The five simple paths to happy-ness:
Free your heart from hatred – forgive.
Free your mind from worries – most never happen.
Live simply and appreciate what you have.
Give more.
Expect more of yourself!

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