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 the effort or expense to try and retrieve the old donkey.
Sadly he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him fill in the well. They all grabbed a spade and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, she cried out horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, the old donkey quieted down. There wasn't a sound from down below.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down into the well to see what was going on. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit the donkey's back, the old donkey was doing something amazing. She would vigorously shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the old donkey, she would just 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!
We have all, at times in our lives, found ourselves feeling down. It could even feel like you are in a hole with no way out. And then, just when you need help, life seems to shovel more dirt on your back, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of any hole we may be in is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles which look like roadblocks can be, if we choose, steppingstones. We can get out of the deepest holes by not stopping, never giving in or giving up! Shake off the criticism of others and your
own self-doubt and fear. The key is to keep moving one step at a time - take a step up.
Remember these nine simple rules to being happy:
This is the path to peace of mind.