Friday, July 15, 2011

Be the Mule, Not the Ass!

My sister sent me the cutest email today. There's a funny story in it and cute pictures, but if you really pay attention to the moral of the story you will learn so much. Hope you enjoy it.

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 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. 

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

Free your mind from worries - Most never happen.

Live simply and appreciate what you have.

Give more.

Expect less 

NOW .......

The donkey later came back,
and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him.
The gash from the bite got infected and
the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock


When you do something wrong, and try to cover
your ass, it always comes back to bite you.


  1. Nice story and true moral.
    As for forgiveness, the donkey didn"t forgive the farmer.
    There are some things in life, such as the attempt of the other to kill you, that are just hard/impossible to forgive,

  2. That was cute - and one I'd never heard before. It's a great lesson.

  3. Ok that story was so sad and twisted at first. I felt horrible for the donkey and who are these nuts that are burying an animal alive? The picture was so sad. Then when the donkey killed him I was so happy! I never heard that story before, but think it's a great lesson. My advice is always to focus on the positive and keep moving forward!

  4. That was awesome! Thanks for sharing! Hope you are doing well friend!

  5. Kelly Howard - Thanks Kelly, I loved the message of the whole story.

  6. DUTA - That is so true my friend, some things are just unforgivable. But I do love the moral of the story.

  7. Pondside - I know, I really thought the same thing when I read it. I always used to tell my son to shake it off when he messed up in sports...and I guess it works in life, just shake it off and keep on going, eventually you'll crawl out of that well!

  8. Climb2Nowhere = Spoken like the true animal lover I know you to be :-)

    Yes, the story is a little twisted but the moral is pretty great. I live your advice and try to do that myself, focus on the positive and just keep moving forward!

  9. Braley Mama - You are so welcome friend. I'm doing great and I know you are as well with those two great little girls! And...of course, you're wonderful husband!

  10. Love this! I need to remember it the next time I'm down about something.

  11. Paula - I know, it would really come in handy to remember the moral of this story during those times when we just want to sit at the bottom of the well and cry and not try anymore! I'm with ya!

  12. Alicia- This is one little story I had never heard before; it sure has a good moral. I'll sure try to be a better person so I don't get bit in the butt! LOL All kidding aside, it's pretty much true- if you really try to get away with something, I think karma WILL find ya! ~ Sue

  13. Ahaha. Love it and the moral of this story is an eye opener. Great one!


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