One day a farmer's donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. Finally, the farmer decided it was probably impossible to get the animal out, and the animal was old, and the well was dry anyway. Making a choice at the donkey’s cost, the farmer decided filling the well would be best thing to do. The farmer explained to his neighbors the dangers of an open well and convinced them to come over and help him fill the well with dirt. For those who agreed with the farmers plan, grabbed a shovel, and began to help the farmer shovel dirt into the well.
At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. With each pile of dirt thrown into the well everyone could hear the cry of help from the Donkey. Some of the neighbors could not stand the cries for help and left. Others began to shovel dirt faster so they could end the donkey’s life faster. After some time, the donkey had stopped crying for help, and it became quiet. A few shovels later, the farmer looked down the well with hesitation to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw.
With every shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off. He would shift his body and let the dirt fall in the one direction and then another then would step on the dirt to pack it down so he could step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and step on top of the dirt. Pretty soon, to everyone's amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Now the original moral of the story is: Life is going to shovel dirt on you. Shake it off and take a step. I however would like to expound on this story. There are so many elements that associate with everyday life. When we look at either past events or something currently happening, we must take into consideration all the parts. If we use the donkey as a symbol of ourselves being in the middle of a relationship, work environment or situation where we feel as though we have thrown myself into the well, who are the people in our lives choosing what they think is best for us?
Have we been happy with the result? Or comfortable with what we are experiencing? Who are the people in our lives holding the shovels and have we allowed them to keep burying us with dirt? In my experience I had to realize that I can NOT allow others to think they can live MY LIFE better than me!!
We can allow others to bury us with “emotional dirt” in our lives OR we can choose to rise above it, not allow it and walk away.