A friend recently sent me one of those emails that circulates around. We all receive this type of thing along the way from various people I’m sure.
Without reciting the entire story, I’ll give you what I took from it, as it definitely had a moral to it.
The story was about an old donkey that fell down an old empty well and couldn’t get out. Nor could the farmer or his neighbors figure out how to get him out. Crazy (and cruel) as it may seem, the farmer decided to cover over the well with the donkey in it, since it was of no use anyway.
The farmer and his neighbors each took turns taking shovels full of dirt and pouring them into the well and onto the donkey. After a while, to the amazement of all who were there, the donkey was getting lifted higher and higher in this well. As each shovel of dirt was thrown in the donkey would shake it off and take a step up. Eventually there was so much dirt that the donkey was out of the well!
Later he did attack the farmer by biting him.
Here’s the moral as told in this little story: 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 and never giving up. Shake it off and take a step up!
In the email, there was an additional moral, which was basically: When you try to cover your (donkey), it will always come back to bite you!