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!    
     
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 steppingstone. 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:    
     
Free your heart from hatred    -    - Forgive.    
     Free your mind from worries    -    - Most never happen.    
     
Live simply and appreciate what you have.    
     
Give more.   Expect less.