One day a donkey fell into a dry well. The animal whined miserably for hours while its owner, a farmer, tried to figure out how to help him.
The farmer finally concluded that the well was too deep. Besides, the donkey was old and getting it out of the pit would be a big problem.
So the farmer decided that it was not worth saving the animal and asked the neighbors to help him fill the well by burying the donkey in it.
Everyone grabbed shovels and started throwing soil into the well. The donkey immediately realized what was happening and began to roar in a terrible way.
Crying would have been our normal reaction if someone had treated us so cruelly, so this donkey reacted that way at first, but then there was silence.
A few shovels of earth later, the farmer looked into the well and was amazed at what he saw. When a portion of soil hit the donkey's back, it shook and stood on it.
As the neighbors and the farmer continued throwing soil, the animal continued to shake it off and take a step up. Soon the donkey shook off the last shovel of earth, took a step, and came out of the well.
Moral: learn the "Shake it off!" technique. In a situation where someone hurts you, touches you, makes you feel upset - don't get stuck in it. Don't beat yourself up. Shake it off!
A story inspired by the book "New Day, New You" by Joyce Meyer