Hi friends, today I’d like to share with you a story of a wise old donkey.
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 him 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 peered down the well and was astounded by 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 on the new layer of dirt. 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, to the shock and astonishment of all the onlookers, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off happily!
These are 2 lessons I learnt from the story:
1)Often in life we may find ourselves in deep wells and life may shovel all kinds of dirt onto us but instead of letting the dirt bury us ,we need to refuse to give up and shake it off and step up on it!
2) The story starts with the donkey crying for help but ends with the donkey happily trotting away. What was the reason for this change? When the donkey realized that his survival depended on himself, it is only then that he realized his inner strength. Age had weakened his body but sharpened his mind. Often it takes some hard knocks in life for us to realize our true inner mettle and strength! Don’t look around for help, but look within.
Nugget of Life : The only difference between Stumbling Stones and Stepping Stones is the way in which we use them! We can either complain about the obstacle or we can choose to climb over it.
Here are some inspiring life stories of people who changed their Scars into their Stars!
1)Some of the best music was composed by Beethoven. His handicap was that he was deaf.
2)Some of the best poetry written on nature was written by Milton, he was blind.
3)Helen Keller was both blind and deaf and yet her contributions to society is more than any hearing or seeing person could ever have done in his lifetime. Her life continues to be an inspiration to many of us who love her quotes. One of my favorites is ” Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.” I wonder if we would have got to hear this amazing truth from her had she not known blindness and deafness herself.
4)One of the greatest world leaders was US Psdt Franklin D Roosevelt, he served from a wheelchair.
5)And now to share with you one of my heroines. Enjoy this Video of Jessica Cox – the first armless pilot in History! She is the woman who JUST DOES IT!
Click : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcr0U2KRLrc
PS: 6)And there is one more person who definitely should be added to this list and he is JAMES JOYCE *(thanks for bringing it to my notice Balladeer) Here’s what I found out after reading up on the life of James Joyce ; One of the most infuential writers of the early 20th century ; best known for his landmark novel Ulysses. He has undergone every kind of suffering imaginable – Just to mention a few, death of 2 of his siblings (typhoid),life-long cynophobia (abnormal fear of dogs after being bitten by a dog), keraunophobia (fear of thunder & lightning) , suspension from work,poverty, medical college drop out,loss of his mother to cancer which devastated him, severe drinking problem, terrible money management problems, his wife suffered from schizophrenia , eye problems that required over a dozen surgeries which ultimately rendered him blind and finally his fatal ulcer problem! – And we complain about suffering? – I think this man definitely takes the prize for turning his scars into his stars ! What do you think?
Have a great week,
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