The following selection was sent to me by a friend
who is a doctor. It has been a help to me when life seems to be heavy on
my shoulders. Thought you all might like it too.
“One day a farmer’s donkey fell down in a well. The
animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to find a solution. He
finally decided that the animal was old and that the well needed to be
filled in, so it wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited his neighbors to come to his farm and
help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to scoop dirt into the
well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and sobbed
uncontrollably. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few
shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was
astonished at what he saw.
With every 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 each addition off and take another step up.
Finally, with the last shovel full, the donkey stepped up over the edge
of the well and trotted off.
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of
dirt. The trick is to use each shovel full as a stepping stone. We can
overcome the biggest problems just by not stopping, never giving up.
Just shake them off and take a step up.”