I received the story below in an email and it was extremely appropriate. I've been challenged A LOT during the last 4 weeks. I've been up and down with my emotions and bewildered and confused a lot of the time.
Life experiences of late have made me stop and re-evaluate a lot of things. They've made me think about what is most important to me in my life, who I am, and where I want to go.
I haven't been on Spark this past month and my heart & soul have been touched by all the friends who have sent me goodies and emails of well wishes. I'm still busy with a lot of things so am continuing my Spark vacation, but I wanted to at least touch base with those who have been so kind to have checked up on me.
On the weight front, I am extremely pleased that at least as of last Sunday morning I was the same weight as 3 weeks ago. I have put losing weight on the back burner and am happy to maintain. I believe I will be ready to start back on the path this September to work on getting to my goal weight.
So, enjoy this great story and I WILL be back soon!
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. He was astonished at what he saw. With each 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 happily 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 steppingstone. 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:
Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.
Live simply and appreciate what you have.
have a great summer!