One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned well. The
animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to
figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was
too old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; so it
just wasn't worth it to him to try to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They
each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the
well. Realizing what was happening, the donkey at first
cried and wailed horribly.
Then, a few shovel-fulls later, he quieted down completely.
The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by
what he saw. With every shovel-full of dirt that hit his
back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up on
the new layer of dirt.
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, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and
trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of everyone.
The Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of
dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to stop
wailing, and not let the dirt bury you, but to shake it off
and take a step up. Each one 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