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 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. 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 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!
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!
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
Enjoy your week and shake it off.
While I know this is not a Christmas message I pray that your Christmas, Holidays and this week will be special for you and your family. Remember we all only get so many Christmas’s or Holidays during our life time. Make them count. I am so grateful for all of you and I know you work hard, you have good hearts, I pray for your success and safety every day. I certainly have enjoyed this past year with all of you and I look forward to another great year in 2015.
Love ya all and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
3 thoughts on “Shake it off”
This in one of my favorite stories! We can always better ourselves if we are able to shake off what is thrown at us.
Spencer, thank you for always sharing these inspiring thoughts. I enjoy reading them often. I think this idea of shaking off the “bad” things life throws our way is a great thing. The “bad” things in life that we endure make us the people we are today. I’m grateful for all of the “bad” that has happened in my life, as so many good things have come of it. Merry Christmas!