Emptiness? †Weariness?†Loneliness?

Too little money?†Too little support? Too much to do?

Whatever happens isn't nearly as important as how we react to it

Take the case of

The Farmer's Donkey...

Folk tale of The Farmers Donkey

One day a farmer's old donkey fell down a well. The poor terrified animal cried piteously (click to hear) and the farmer tried desperately to find a way to get him out.

Unfortunately lifting the donkey out of the well would be a huge difficult and expensive task, so the farmer decided, considering the age of the donkey, the disuse of the well and the opportunity to clear some offensive piles of excrement from around the farm, that was just not worthwhile saving the donkey.

The farm workers grabbed shovels and began to shovel piles of old rubbish into the well. At first, when the donkey realized what was happening he cried pitifully. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down and let out some happy braying sounds.

Many shovels of rubbish later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw...

With every shovel of rubbish and manure that hit his back, the ass was shaking it off and taking a step up.

As the farm labourers continued to shovel rubbish on top of the animal, he continued to 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 trotted off! After this incident, the donkey's life entered a new and better phase - he had become a local celebrity! - Never short of visitors bearing succulent treats and in great demand to make guest appearances at fairs and fetes..


The Moral of this Old Folk Tale?

Sometimes life shovels rubbish onto us!

The trick to getting out of our prison of suffering is to assess the situation, shake off the debris, and take a step up - a step of learning and growing. Otherwise we stay stuck in a deep well of victim consciousness.


Every rainbow is an opportunity!

What happens to us isnít nearly as important as what we do with it!


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