Nothing like a good story to illustrate a good moral and take the message home.
For example, take this tale about a donkey who was a champ and knew how to shake it off and step up.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
The farmer thought – the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He got 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 step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and 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 step up.
Every one of our troubles is a stepping stone.
We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and step up.
Okay, so…not all stories end so sweetly. Here’s what happened with the donkey.
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.
Moral of the story:
When you do something wrong and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.