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Friday, March 24, 2006


One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to think what to do. At last he thought that the animal was old enough and so it wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. Since there was no water in that well, he felt, the well needed to be covered anyway. So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels and spades and began to shovel dirt and mud into the well. At first, the donkey did not know what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every 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 walked off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on us, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
- Retold by Vangeepuram Sreenathacharya(The EENADU)



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