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Thread: A good way to look at life

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    A good way to look at life

    One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a 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;
    it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

    He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all
    grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey
    realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's
    amazement he quieted down.

    A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was
    astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
    donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

    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,
    everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of
    the well and happily trotted off!

    Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to
    getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of
    our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just
    by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

    [This message was edited by mikes4x4s on 06-16-04 at 07:35 AM.]

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    This meant a lot to me today...Today..I had a meltdown...some of what I hold in came flying out in a cascade of tears....sometimes I think...the well is endless and the person shoveling the dirt is..perverse....but sometimes the greatest learning happens after I hit the wall...and lay broken for a while..

    Thanks for posting this reminder.


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    Mary <-----HUG!!

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    I would hug back but there is dirt in my hair...

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    FYI...the latest is what she called an "avulsion fracture" to my right foot.

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    Originally posted by 1FINE RN:

    I would hug back but there is dirt in my hair...
    Oh a little dirt never hurt me...go ahead! I've got 11 nieces and nephews so it's not like I've never had dirt on me before! ...and gum in my hair, and playdough, and paint, and snot, and poop, and pee, and throw-up, and slobber, and......

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