One day a farmer's donkey fell into a well. The donkey 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 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 shaking it off and taking a step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of theanimal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge ofthe well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick togetting 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 by not stopping, by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!