One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the well was dry anyway, so it just wasn’t worth it to try and retrieve the donkey. So the farmer asked his neighbours to come over and help him cover up the well. They all grabbed shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, when the donkey realized what was happening he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down and let out some happy brays. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was shaking it off and taking a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to everyone’s amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- From time to time life is going to shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to gently shake it off and take one small step up. Through the application of creative wisdom every adversity can be turned into a stepping stone.
- If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity the adversities and crises that come along to bury us always have within them the potential to benefit and bless us.
Remember: what happens to you isn’t nearly as important as how you respond to it.
In another version of the same story there is a twist at the end:
The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY
When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes to bite you back!