I came across this story a while ago, and thought I’d share it here.
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 realized the animal was old and wasn’t worth retrieving; and besides, the well was a hazard and needed filling in anyway. So he invited his neighbours over to help him and they all began to shovel dirt into the well.
The donkey realized what was happening and it cried out horribly and then suddenly became very quiet. The farmer got curios and looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. As each shovel full of dirt landed on the donkey it would shake it off and take another step up. As they all continued to shovel dirt into the well the donkey kept shaking it off and taking a step up. Soon, to everyone’s amazement the donkey stepped over the edge of the well and trotted off.
The moral? If life is going to shovel dirt on you, you can get out of the deepest holes in life by shaking it off and taking a step up. Each of our troubles are but stepping-stones out of our wells of despair and the trick is to never give up.
With thanks to Dave’s dad!
I discovered Simon & Garfunkel in my mid-teens and Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits was on constant replay for a few years. I couldn’t decide between this, and The Boxer. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. Today’s tune is The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel.