Shake it off and take a step up!

Today, I’m going to tell you a very nice story about a donkey. I considered it a very nice one since I always heard many people using the word “donkey” (himar” in arabic) as a bad expression especially when they were angry. The expression “ya himar” is very common here in Kuwait. This gave me some notion that donkey is one of the worst animal that ever created, but now I change my mind, I consider donkey as one of the smartest one. Why? Well, read the story below:

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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 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 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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! When trouble comes, just shake it off and take a step up.


  1. Winslie Gomez

    What a lovely thought! I like Donkey’s they have such personalities!
    I am of the firm belief that one can raise their stress levels by enduring just 10% everyday.

  2. 🙂 I happen to like donkies, they are smart

  3. Hmm ! nice one ,

    Just an intresting thought, asked a Phil friend of mine about the tagalog equallent of Donkey … apparently there is no word in Tagalog for ‘Donkey’. Is this true ?

  4. toni

    galing naman ng kwento..
    am not sure kung ang donkey ay asno sa tagalog..
    kumusta na po..

  5. All animals are smart. Love the moral lesson at the end.

  6. yara4ever

    great story thanks 🙂

  7. Hi Winslie, thanks for sharing your ideas and dropping by in my blog…have a nice day 🙂

    Chikapappi, yeah i think they are really smart but i wonder why many people used it in bad expression 😦

    Grey, I think it’s true since we usually called it donkey, I will ask the elder ones maybe they have a term for it.

    Toni, I’m still okay dear, e search natin what’s the tagalog term for it, hehe…if you’ll know just inform me 🙂

    Magical Droplets, you’re right and I’m glad you like the moral lesson, thanks 🙂

  8. Yara, you’re welcome dear 🙂

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