~Shake it off~

Shake it off and take a step up

One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned 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; so it just wasn't worth it to him to try to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. Realizing what was happening, the donkey at first cried and wailed horribly. Then, a few shovelfuls later, he quieted down completely.
The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by what he saw. With every shovelful of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing some thing amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt. 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, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off, to the shock and astonishment of all the neighbors. Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to not let it bury you, but to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up! 
Attitude of gratitude:
~I am so grateful for my sweet husband. He supports me, loves, me, and is my best friend, and number one cheerleader.  He helps me "shake it off" and move forward, each and every day.  He prays for me, and has my best interest at heart, and for that I am so thankful.  


  1. What a lovely post! That is a wonderful reminder. I hope you are having a wonderful day today. I really like what you are thankful for today too. :)

  2. What a great post and a great lesson too!

  3. I love that story - and the moral!

  4. I have heard that story before and really love it! Thanks for sharing. Shaking things off is something I need to get better at - I let things bother me too much - especially "family stuff." Hope you are enjoying the season!

  5. A great little story there.
    I have one of those husbands too.
    It is a good thing that we realize it. : )

  6. I love this story!!! Thanks for posting. I always, always come away from here feeling inspired to do better, be better.

  7. Great post!

    Glad you have a spouse like you do, makes life
    a lot easier.

    M : )

  8. This was such a wonderful post, Kerin! Thank you so much for sharing these wise and thought-provoking words.

    Hugs to you!

  9. I love this story with a lesson to be shake it off and step up and keep going. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Beautiful, wonderful, meaningful post . . .
    I am grateful for your sharing . . .
    I am grateful for you . . .

  11. A good lesson for each of us. Wishing you many blessings today, Kerin.

  12. A very meaningful post, Kerin. Lessons and words to live by. Sometimes it's not as easy as that, but we always have to try I find that I am my worst enemy when it comes to shaking it off sometimes..A good new year's resolution to make..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  13. And a P.S. I almost forgot again. Love the new winter backdrop, and what a cute donkey eye..J

  14. A wonderful story and lesson! Thanks for sharing sweetest Kerin!! Christmas blessings to you!! xo Heather

  15. This is good moral lesson. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. I have a wonderful husband as well. I am so ever grateful. Being married 53 years
    is a blessing for us.

    Your blog is nice and I like the story. I like you blogs. I have read many to-night.


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