The Parable Of The Donkey In The Well – Mindset Monday

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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, that the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn’t worth retrieving the donkey.

So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.

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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 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 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 trotted off!

How This Applies To You

People in the world are going to throw dirt on you. Sometimes for no good reason. No matter who you are or where you are or how awesome you are, this is a given. It’s life!

What matters is how you choose to react.

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Do you just lay down and let people bury you under all their crap? Do you believe them when they say you’re not worth it?

Or do you shake it off and use their dirt as a staircase out of the dark and into the light of your full potential?

The lesson we can learn from the donkey today is this:


Shake it OFF of your back and continue to move on and upward.

It’s the person who is willing to try over and over again that always wins.

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For those days where you are discouraged and wondering whether or not you are special and unique and have something to give to the world, there are a few people from history that I want you to remember.

Walt Disney, for instance, went into TONS of banks before he found someone who was willing to help him fund Disneyland. If he had given up after the first few tries, would Disney be the same as it is today? I doubt it.

How about Thomas Edison? His teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything and he became one of the most famous inventors in history. He failed thousands of times before he finally discovered the lightbulb.

Albert Einstein is another great example. One of the smartest guys in the world and his teachers wanted to hold him back because they thought he wasn’t smart! They called him slow compared to the other children. Just look how things turned out for him. People will be quoting Einstein and using his discoveries for centuries to come.

What do you have to give the world that people keep trying to cover up with all their junk?

I want to encourage you to shake it off and step up to be the person you were always meant to be.

The choice is yours, my friend.

Remember, we’re in this together!

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