One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned well. The animal<br>cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what<br>to do.<br>Finally, he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be<br>covered up anyway; so it just wasn't worth it to him to try to<br>retrieve the donkey.<br>He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They each<br>grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.<br>Realizing what was happening, the donkey at first cried and wailed<br>horribly. Then, a few shovels full later, he quieted down<br>completely.<br>The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by what he<br>saw. With every shovel full of dirt that hit his back, the donkey<br>was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step<br>up on the new layer of dirt<br>As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the<br>animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, the<br>donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off, to the<br>shock and astonishment of all the neighbours!<br>Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick<br>is getting out of the well and not let it bury you, but to shake<br>it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-<br>stone.<br>We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never<br>giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!<br>Remember the five simple rules to be happy:<br>Free your heart from hatred.<br>Free your mind from worries.<br>Live simply.<br>Give more.<br>Expect less.<br><br><br><br> Finally, the donkey walked over and kicked the living [censored] out of<br>the farmer that tried to bury him. Which brings us to the other<br> moral of this story:<br>When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back and gets you<br><br><br><br>
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