Aesop Fable — Oldie but Goodie

We’ll use an old and time-tested Aesop Fable as our Words for the Week.

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.

The farmer 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. 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 stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. — Oscar Wilde

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2 Responses to Aesop Fable — Oldie but Goodie

  1. Bruce says:

    Aesop was very wise. He may be dead and gone, but his wisdom remains throughout the ages.
    As we live our human lives, we can have shovelfuls of dirt heaped upon us, But we find a way to continue on with our lives. We learn how to become survivors of life, Like the donkey, we emerge from the well, and move on to our next phase of life.

    Hee haw.


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