The Amazing Donkey in the Well

To every action, there must be equal and opposite reaction. The question is, ‘How do you react to every action life brings you?’

When you are in the trial of life, what do you do?

Let me tell you, people are not ready to here your misfortune stories but what you did that they can learn from. It’s just like the movie you watch. Every story has the three acts structure, whereby the problem arises in the first act. Then faced with conflicts in the second act which leads to the conclusion in the last act of which it challenges are resolved.

For instance, if I failed a test during the first phase and worked out a strategy to avoid the failure of the second one, I believe I can help those facing such challenge by giving them ideas on what I did.

I will like to share a story with you. Though, many of you might have heard this story, but it’s related to what am talking about and it will serve as a reminder for us to rise up.

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!

This story of the donkey in the well is something we need to learn from even though it has circulated for a while. Its message is timeless, as many of us have found ourselves stuck in a situation where we just didn’t know to get through. The metaphorical dirt was poured over us and we got buried by the problems, or we shook the dirt to the ground and rise above the circumstances.
We always have the choice to be victim or victor. So if it feels as if you are in that well with no chance of being freed, think of the donkey who refused to accept that his circumstances were beyond his control; he didn’t give up and he didn’t give in.

From this story, it is deduced that:

  • 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! Shake it off and take a step up.

[Read: Rise Up! Quit Staying on the Ground]

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
  2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.
  3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

When you are faced with the challenges of life, how did you go about?

How did you react to life situations?

Inspire someone else today by sharing this.


About Olabode Adediya

Olabode Adediya (Bodjetstar) is the founder of Channel of Virtue. He is the host of The Great Value Show, an personal development podcast. He is an Author, Writer, Motivational Speaker and Content Creator. Connect with him on social media @Bodjetstar.


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