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 that is was not worth retrieving the donkey as the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway.
He invited his neighbours to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement, it quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.
As every shovel of dirt hit its back, the donkey did something amazing. It would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, it would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off to everyone's amazement!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you-all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of a hole 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 holes just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!