Friday, April 29, 2011

Donkey in the Well

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 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 take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors 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 happily trotted off!

Author Unknown

Moral? You decide.


  1. I guess the moral is:

    You can't just bury your old donkeys. You have to shoot them or something.


    You can't just cover up your old problems. You have to deal with them.

    You can boil it down to: "You can't bury an old donkey."

    Everyone will start to say it and it will become popular. And then, years later, no-one will have a clue what it means.

  2. oh, I thought I was supposed to be the donkey, not the farmer. I guess "shake off the dirt but don't forget to step on top of it" wasn't the moral. Darn...

  3. :) I know for me I am most certainly the donkey!

  4. That's awesome Nichole!! Thank you!!!


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