One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. For hours, 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 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 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 step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the well and trotted off!
Life is hard! All kinds of things are going to shovel dirt on you – all kinds of dirt. The chasms and wells we can get stuck in can be escaped with endurance and hard work no matter what you are going through. One idea to escaping the many ruts we find ourselves in is to shake it off and take a step up. Each difficulty and challenge is a stepping-stone. It will take many tries and even help to find the proper foot holds in life that can help us to step up. We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping, never giving up! This is why I am so physically demanding of my students in class. Making it through the mental and physical challenges we provide in class, students gain realization and pride that they have the power and ability to overcome the dirt life throws at you. It’s going to be tough at times, but that’s a good thing because you deserve a challenge. Shake it off and take a step up!