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Shake it off and take a step up

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up!

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:

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANETRIS 7/27/2013 2:01PM

    Love that Nancy! Very good reminder. Thanks for posting! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/25/2013 12:17AM

    I love that! Heard It years ago. It's such a great reminder for us all!

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MSANITAL 7/24/2013 8:11PM

    Saw this as well this morning and I really enjoyed the way you shared it.. thanks for the reminder Nancy..

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/24/2013 2:20PM


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DEMOLISHDM 7/24/2013 2:02PM

    Thanks for your blog post, its very true!!!!

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WILDASTER 7/24/2013 1:57PM

    Very good.

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JOYINKY 7/24/2013 1:50PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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