Tuesday 4 October 2011

Shake off the dirt

Hello Blogville!

My weekend wasn't bad and I believe everyone had a good one as well. A friend sent this story into my mail and it got me thinking ever since, so I decided to share it, please read, enjoy, but above all, learn from it as I have: 
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 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 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 happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from God.

Learnt a thing or two? So I end by saying, life is like a book; each day opens as a new page with its own adventures to encounter, experiences to be had, lessons to learn and good deeds to replicate. Have a colorful page today.

Peace... I'm out!


  1. I read this story when I was very young and truly, it had been a driving force for me since then.
    No matter what life throws at me, I keep on moving

  2. yeaa,I read this story several times and it has a great lesson,I like it

  3. Nice story. I learnt a long time ago to Live Simply and appreciate what I have. Life is indeed beautiful. Thanks for sharing.