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The Return of Zalome

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I don't often see cheeky essays from Zalome, but this one arrived today and it amuses me. Hope you enjoy it as well!

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One day a farmer's donkey fell down into an unused dried-up 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 filled in anyway.

He invited his neighbors to come over and help him. They brought shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement and relief, he quieted down.

A few shovel-loads later, the farmer looked down into the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovelful of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something surprising: he would shake it off, then take a step up.

As the farmer and his neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take another step up.

Pretty soon, everyone stared in happy amazement as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

The moral of the story?

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 giving up! Shake off the dirt, and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1) Free your heart from hatred.
2) Forgive.
3) Free your mind from worry.
4) Give more.
5) Expect less.

NOW: enough of that crap.

Later, the donkey came back and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him alive. The wound from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

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To which I would add, just about the time you think there's no justice... :-)
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