LIFE LESSONS: Eva Bennett, author of the Seniors column Inspiring and Retiring.
LIFE LESSONS: Eva Bennett, author of the Seniors column Inspiring and Retiring.

Learning to rise above our troubles

I'D LIKE to share a story from my files that I have found helpful in troubling times.

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.

The farmer invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

The donkey realised what was happening and cried and cried.

Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished by what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing.

He would shake off the dirt and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt into the well on top of the donkey, he'd shake it off and take another step up.

Pretty soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the ridge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you at times. 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!

It's all about perseverance.


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