The story is told that one day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well.
The animal brayed piteously for hours, as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally he decided the animal was too old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, and it just wasn't feasible to rescue the donkey.

He asked all his neighbours to come over and give him a hand.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realizing what was happening became very distressed. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every 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 neighbours 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 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.
Every one 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!

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