Have you heard the story of the farmer’s donkey that fell down into a well? The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally he decided since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, the farmer invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels, and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted 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 on the dirt as it piled up. As they 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!

The moral of the story :  ‘Life’s journey is not and can never be smooth and uninterrupted always. Along the way we are bound to encounter winding and bumpy roads. Sometimes unpleasant or unexpected things happen like falling into a pit like the donkey. Waiting for a ladder then will  not be easy. Instead shovels of dirt will rain down on you. Each shovel is trial and tribulation and can be one of the most joyous or terrifying moments of your life.

Joyous to some as it means an opportunity, a challenge, a stepping stone to the top and terrifying to others as it will bury them.

As C. S. Lewis so aptly put it, “We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.”

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