Shake It Off and Step Up

This is one of my favorite stories that helps us to understand that when life throws you into unexpected situations, YOU have the option to let it get you down or…

“Shake It Off and Step Up”!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried 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 of 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 and was astonished at what he saw.

With every 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 the dirt on top of the animal, the donkey kept shaking it off and moving up a step.

Pretty soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and 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 stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest well just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

The moral of the story is that when you think life has dealt you the most difficult hand, you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself, shake it off and step up. 


When you feel like others are dumping dirt on you, use it to your advantage.

Find a way! 

Be determined to overcome adversity!