The Old Donkey.
Once upon a time, not that long ago just outside of Westport in County Mayo there was an old farmer who owned an even older donkey. One day the poor old donkey (who couldn’t see very well), fell into the farmer’s well.
The farmer heard the donkey braying and praying or whatever donkey’s do when they fall into a well. He weighed up the situation, apologised to the donkey and informed him that as he was so old he wasn’t worth the bother of saving as it would cost too much to call out the fire brigade in order to winch him out.
Instead the farmer called his neighbours together and after deciding that he didn’t use the well anymore it would be far cheaper and easier just to fill in the well. So the farmer began to haul soil in his tractor and with the help of his neighbours they started to shovel the soil down the well.
“What about the donkey?” one of the neighbours shouted,
“Aah it’s kinder just to put him out of his misery” replied the farmer.
The old donkey was extremely annoyed when he heard this and began to get very worried, jumping up and down and saying things like
“Eee haw, eee haw, eee Haw”
This in donkey language meant,
“Aah come on now lads it’s not funny anymore, you’re going to get me all mucky if you don’t pack it in”
Unfortunately for the donkey no one understood donkey language and they just kept shovelling.
More and more soil came down upon the old donkey and he became increasingly agitated as no one seemed to be listening to his cries.
Suddenly an idea came to the donkey, every time he felt a load of soil land on his back he would just shake it off and stand onto it. Every time he felt the load of soil on his back he shook it off and stepped up, shovel after shovel, load after load, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up. He began to repeat those words in his head as a way of encouraging himself.
No matter how tired he became or how painful it became, no matter how distressing it appeared the old donkey just kept fighting back the pain and the panic and just kept repeating to himself Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up.
It wasn’t long before the old donkey appeared at the top of the well. Battered and tired, he looked at the old farmer, smiled, and stepped over the wall of the well onto firm ground.
What at first seemed to be the cause of the old donkey’s problem actually turned out to be of help to him. What threatened to bury him instead helped him all because he gave it a bit of thought and refused to be beaten.
We can all learn a lesson from that old donkey. In life we will often come up against problems but if we approach them in a positive way and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, hopelessness, or self-pity. There will be an answerThe video is courtesy of Craig Smith you tube.