An Inspiring Life Lesson from a Donkey in a Well

I always see to it that Gabo and I will read a book together every night or at least thrice a week.  It is our special bonding and a perfect break to share our thoughts and insights with each other.  Last night, when I was browsing the book "Fables Series", I happened to saw the story of the Farmer and the Donkey.  Then I remember that it has one of the best life lessons ever.  I thought that I had to read this to Gabo because I know for sure that sooner or later as he grows older, he will realize the fact that life can sometimes be a little discriminating and that is why he has to be strong and always determined into whatever that he wants in the future.  There will be a lot of people who will surely turn him down and that he just needs to be in control and decisive enough to push his aspirations.  

Another is that, I always tell to my kids, even if they are still young that they must not let anybody tell them that they cannot make their dream a reality even if it came from us, their parents.   

This is already an old fable, but to those who haven't read it yet, let me share you this:

The Farmer and the Donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the well was dry anyway, so it just wasn't worth it to try and retrieve the donkey.

So the farmer asked his neighbors to come over and help him cover up the well. They all grabbed shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, when the donkey realized what was happening he cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down and let out some happy brays. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was shaking it off and taking a step up. (Shifting)

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to everyone's amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Moral of the Story

Life is going to shovel dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Every adversity can be turned into a stepping stone. The way to get out of the deepest well is by never giving up but by shaking yourself off and taking a step up.

A very lovely and inspiring story right?  Let me also share with you the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

We don't have to rush things because everything is beautiful in it's own time.

Just keep on shaking Mommies!


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