Monday, February 12, 2007
Shake It Off And Take A Step Up
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into awell. The animal cried piteously for hours asthe farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, he decided the animal was old, and thewell needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over andhelp him. They all grabbed a shovel and beganto shovel dirt into the well. At first, thedonkey realized what was happening and criedhorribly. Then, to everyone's amazement hequieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finallylooked down the well. He was astonished at whathe saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit hisback, the donkey was doing something amazing.He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shoveldirt on top of the animal, he would shake itoff and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkeystepped up over the edge of the well andhappily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kindsof dirt. The trick to getting out of the wellis to shake it off and take a step up. Each ofour troubles is a steppingstone. We can get outof the deepest wells just by not stopping,never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 12:46 PM