The Farmer's Donkey and the Well

One day, a farmer's donkey fell into a well. The animal cried loudly for hours, while the farmer tried to find a way to get him out.

Finally, the farmer decided that the donkey was old and the well was already dry and needed to be covered anyway — it really wasn't worth pulling the donkey out of the well.

He invited all his neighbors to come help. They each grabbed a shovel and began to pile dirt into the well.

The donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly loud. Then, to everyone's surprise, he quieted down after a few shovelfuls of dirt.

The farmer finally looked into the well and was amazed at what he saw — with each shovelful of dirt, the donkey was doing something incredible: It was shaking off the dirt and stepping on top.

Very soon everyone was surprised as the donkey reached the mouth of the well, stepped over the edge and trotted out.

When you fell into a deep hole and life keeps throwing dirt at you, sometimes the key to getting out is to just shake it off and use the experience to get you stronger one step at a time. All the challenges in our lives, however big or small, we can either use it to bury ourselves or as a way to lift us up and out of the hole that we got ourselves into. We can always get out of the deepest holes, just don't give up!

Art by Laron G. S. (via Midjourney)