Well, today I was not feeling so great, but I started going through my Inbox, cleaning up months of email I have not sorted through or deleted. A surprising amount of spam still manages to get through gmail filters.
Anyhow, my friend RaggedBlossom sent me this back in April when I was feeling down:
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 that 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 neighbours 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 neighbours 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 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 get 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.
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
I guess it does help a little to remember this. 🙂 I need to remember it to stop myself falling down that well again. It has taken 6 months to climb out, and I don’t want to end up there again.
My message for the day.