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 each 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
A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was
astonished at what he saw. As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey
did 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 trotted off.
The Moral: 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
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
The Pretty Lady
This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people
today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us
and they make us angry. Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt, sometimes
they cause us to be bitter or jealous. But like the little monk, we are not
willing to let them go away.
Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember,
it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs.
Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our
expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't
do anything ourselves.