November 17, 2012

Life lessons from a donkey....

I found this story on Facebook the other day and felt so touched by it's profound and encouraging message. I shared it on MMUB's FB page, so some of you may have already seen it, but decided to post it here to be a constant reminder of the blessings of peace and perseverance, HOPE and happiness.

"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 shovels 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, to everyone's amazement, 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 [trails] is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by...[shaking] it off and [taking] a step up."
(and I'd like to add....)

Never Give Up!  Never give up on yourself and never give up on anyone else.   Just keep trying.  One step (or shovel full of dirt) at a time.  Find joy, find happiness, and find peace in and through our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what situation you find yourself in.  Give thanks for your afflictions and take advantage of them...learn from them.


One more thing.....

As a lifelong depressive, I find myself searching all over the place for things that will make me happy.  It hardly ever works.  :)  So when I saw this quote several weeks ago it quickly became one of my favorites of all time.  These words, I find, are so hard to follow sometimes.  Especially when I'm feeling low.  Yet, they are so full of truth.  I need a constant reminder.  I'm working on getting them put up in my house where I will be able to see them.  Daily.   
photo from Your Homebased Mom

  I love it!
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Anita said...

I like the donkey story as a metaphor for not giving up; for finding a way out of it - whatever "it" may be.

Your sign is a good one, and looks very lovely surrounded by your beautiful decorations.

Melanie said...

Oh Boy...thank you Anita, although I can't take the credit for the beauty. It's not mine. I wish it were, though.

Messy Musings said...

you continue to amaze me with great messages of HOPE and survival :-D

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