“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
Art Linkletter (American radio broadcaster, television personality, author, b.1912)
I first saw this short story, Donkey in a Well, when I was released from the hospital in 2003. I had forgotten about it until Nelson RN had posted his version. He is a terrific writer and photographer. It is well worth your time to stop over and check out his blog. Shortly after seeing his post, it became a Facebook favorite and a common forward in emails. Most recently, a reader of my blog sent it to me as a suggestion for my weekly quotes and thoughts series. I’ve researched the original author but cannot find who deserves the credit. Thank you, Jennifer, for forwarding this version of the story to me. I appreciate all comments and emails with suggestion of quotes and thoughts that have inspired you. Please see my About page for my email address.
DONKEY IN A WELL
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The farmer heard his animal cry piteously for hours as he tried to figure out what to do. Finally this farmer 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 shoveling 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 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 it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on all of us, 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. With shaking the dirt off and finding strength to stand again, you can get out of the deepest wells just by never stopping and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!