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The Donkey Who Inspires Us

The Donkey Who Inspires Us
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By Mithu Das   February 18, 2019


Shake it off, take a step up!The Donkey

I suppose you have to live in a place where people are usually measured by their wealth. Now, if you are poor and live in a hut and your goal in life is to become an artist or a writer, but not a rich man, and every now and then you have to suffer the taunts of the people, what will you do?



We know you are determined to achieve your goal. You work hard day after day, week after week, month after month. And, you are well aware of this fact that you have to swallow the bitter pill(s)—the taunts of the people, financial crisis, failures, rejection slips. Yet, you keep on striving for your goal. And here’s your favorite story “Shake it off, take a step up” which you might like to read again and again:

Once upon a time there was a farmer who had an old donkey. One day the donkey fell in the well which run dry for a long time.

Hearing the donkey cry, the farmer rushed to the well. Assessing the situation, he found that it would be very difficult for him to rescue the donkey. However, if he could bury the donkey, he thought, he could solve two problems: “put the old donkey out of his misery and have his well filled”.

So the farmer called his neighbours to help him bury the donkey. The neighbours came, shovels in their hands, and started to bury the donkey with dirt.

As dirt started pouring on his back, the donkey started to cry, loudly. But the men didn’t stop. They kept shovelling dirt into the well. The donkey got hysterical. Then an idea came to the donkey, he suddenly stopped crying and firmly stood on his feet. Every shovelful of dirt would fall on his back, he would shake the dirt off and take a step up. Shovelful after shovelful of dirt, and he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, the well got filled and the donkey stepped up over the edge of it and walked through the crowd.


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