2001-09-15 20:12:03 (UTC)

Shake It Off!!!

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,
realizing what was
happening, 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 the
dirt off his back and
take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the
donkey stepped up
over the edge of the well and trotted of!!

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:

1. Free your heart from hatred
2. Free your mind from worry
3. Live simply
4. Give more
5. Expect less

Enjoy your life -- SHAKE IT OFF