One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the donkey was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. So he grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
The animal realized what was happening and cried even more piteously. Then, to the farmer’s amazement, he quietened down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down into the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer continued to shovel dirt into the well and onto the animal, the donkey continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, the donkey was able to step 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 wells just by not stopping, never giving up!