Friday, June 17, 2011

The Donkey

(Rumored to be, but probably not, a photo of The Manly Runner)

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 stepping stone. 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 happen.
  3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less .
NOW ............

Enough of that crap... The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.


When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.

(Thanks to my co-worker Jill for passing this along!)


  1. "the well needed to be covered up anyway" ..... and if he'd gotten off his lazy butt and done it sooner then none of this would have ever happened.

  2. I have always loved this story.
    I've got nothing snarky.
    Just love it.
    Happy donkey back Friday!

  3. Those teeth...

    I've always liked that story too.

  4. The likeness to the Manly Runner is amazing!

  5. Love it. Preach on, preacher.

    Have a great weekend with the fam!

    Happy Father's Day!

  6. Love this! so many lessons to take from it! thanks for sharing.

  7. Ha! I LOVE stories like this!

  8. There is no way that is Chris K. He has more of "that stare" than this imposter.

    I'm surprised more people don't die of septic shock. Ass covering is practically the second national pastime.

  9. Give more, expect less should be one of the main rules for life.

    That, and remove a donkey's teeth if you ever fail to kill it.

  10. I'm putting this to the test. Going to cover my ass all day today and throw a donkey in a well and bite a farmer. Is that what you meant?

  11. Beth, You might be better off uncovering your ass all day. The rest I'm good with.

  12. Great story... and I thought I was the old soothsayer. I bow to your wisdom beyond your years...

  13. That donkey rocked, I am proud that my name was associated with him. His perseverance reminds of, well, me.

  14. i know that donkey.. i swear i do...


    great post. made me happy. ;-)

  15. Lol. Never heard that story before. Loved it!

  16. Indeed! Thanks for the inspiration, Kovas!


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