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Donkey in the Well

Aug 27, 2008
I love parables. They contain wonderful lessons in a form so easy to digest that children can understand them. I grew up hearing the ones in the Bible, and one of my favorite books contains Zen Buddhist parables. Every culture has their versions of these stories.

This little parable is an old story, but one of my favorites. It never fails to give me needed perspective when the world seems aligned against me, and it has that "never say die" attitude we all need when the going gets rough.

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.

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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Now...

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.

MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:
When you do something wrong and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.

When business (or personal issues) seem overwhelming, remember that there is always a path through it, always another solution to be found, even if it's not obvious or clear. And that trying to bury our problems rarely is the best solution!
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Peggy Champlin's web design business has been providing a full suite of services and products to help small companies build their businesses online since 2002. Visit Success With Ease to subscribe to our list and receive an article every week.
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