Shake It Off


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 neighbours 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 neighbours 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!

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 up!

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8 responses to “Shake It Off”

  1. marie-anne says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring story! If the donkey could figure a way out of the crisis, I’m sure I could too!!

  2. Theresia says:

    I am grateful for the story 🙂

  3. Shashi says:

    What a wonderful morale to to the story.
    Instead of wallowing in self pity when in problems arrive, start thinking of how to get out of them.
    Confidence boosting story.
    Well done and thank you.

    • Jim says:

      Dear Shashi,

      You are welcomed.
      Yes, stay positive, believe in yourself and take action.
      Things will eventually unravel and most probably turn out well.

      Best regards,
      Jium Yeh

  4. Ludah Gaabinelwe says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Inspiring message, when your mind works positively, you do n’t wallow much, you think outside the box and be confident.

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