One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.  The animal was still alive and brayed for hours; but the farmer could not figure out how to get the donkey out of the well.  As night was approaching and the donkey was old anyway, the farmer decided just to fill in the well.   He ordered the hired help to start shoveling dirt into the well.

The donkey complained at first about having dirt thrown down on him, but eventually quieted down.   After awhile, the  farmer decided to look into the well and  see if the quiet meant the donkey had died and been  buried.  Not only was the donkey not dead or buried, he had figured his way out of the well.  How?

Every time  a shovel of dirt was thrown  into the well, the donkey tramped it down.  As the dirt rose, so did the donkey.   Before the sun had set the donkey was able to jump out of the well and  trotted off.

I don’t know who wrote the original fable, I have shortened it.   I goggled it and found it in many places  always told in slightly different ways; the original author was never acknowledged.   The Heart and Soul Web page added some added what they called some simple rules for shaking off the dirt life throws at you.  Their rules?

  1. Free your heart from hatred.
  2. Free your mind from worries.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.

Their rules are not simple at all.    Chance and fate are often in control:  you  have to do your best  and hope you can make it out of any holes that trip you up.   Although  not simple, the rules are wise.  The fourth is in every one’s power.   Giving is a stepping stone to emotional health and need not mean giving wealth;  smiles, kind words, and sincere   compliments are small gifts  that enrich everyone’s life.

The fifth rule  also speaks to my heart, expecting less,  often means being happily surprised  As the author Alice Walker said ” Live frugally on surprise.”  Stay strong.


    • I am blushing with pleasure. Kind words feed my soul. Tried to your blog, but couldn’t get there. I am thinking a good question would be what books have changed your life? For me, The Once and Future King, The Second Sex, Constantine’s Sword jump immediately to mind. Lolita and Gone With the Wind should also be there. Stay strong.

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