The Donkey Story:
(otherwise known as: is your cup half full, or half empty???)

>>>> 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 stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up. One step at a time.
>> Remember the simple rules to be happy:
>> Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
>> Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.
>> Live simply and appreciate what you have.
>> Give more – Expect less

i think this last part is kind of hoaky and BS-y; i tend to get gaggy around hallmark sentiments, but the metaphor of the donkey climbing up over the piles that are shoveled onto his head is a good one. we can be buried or we can climb up; i say be a climber. although our legs get tired and our muscles get weary, nobody will do the work for us. our struggles are ours alone and our triumphs are greater when we know we have not only scaled the wall but have come up with the plan to make it happen!

so, my friends, let today be the first day you take a step up and out of your personal tragedy, however great or small it may be. let life go easy on you, and let you go easy on yourself. but never give up trying and never give up hoping. and when the rocks are raining down on your head, know that you have to try that much harder to climb so you don’t get buried.

it may not always be fair, but it’s always true.

i wish you an easy road ahead, but when that isn’t possible, i wish you the strength to overcome your obstacles; you are always stronger than you know.

have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚