Shake it off

by Michelle Fortes

One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into an unused well. The
animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
The animal was old, and the well needed to be filled up. So the
farmer decided that it just wasn’t worth it to rescue the donkey.
He invited all his neighbours to help him fill up the well. They all
grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the
donkey cried horribly. Then, he slowly quietened down.
As the farmer and his neighbours continued shovelling and the dirt
hit his back, a thought struck him. Every time a load of dirt landed
on his back, he decided to shake it off and step up! This he did, blow
after blow. “Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake
it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. The old donkey kept shaking it off and stepping up! It wasn’t long before he
stepped over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would have
buried him, actually benefitted him. This was all because of the
manner in which he handled his challenge.
If we face our problems and deal with them positively, the problems
that come to bury us can benefit us and lift us up!

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