How to deal with adversity? Is there a way out of every, even the most difficult situation, for us? It seems so, provided that we do not panic, keep our minds sober, and believe in our abilities.
This is confirmed by another story from our series of coaching stories. This time it is a story about a donkey who literally and figuratively stood over his grave. But he came up with a fantastic way to get out of this predicament. The story is inspired by the book "New Day, New You" by Joyce Meyer.
The story of the donkey that refused to be buried alive
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.
The moral of this story about the donkey
Learn the "Shake it off!" technique. In a situation where someone hurts you, touches you, or makes you sad - don't be stuck in it. Don't bother. Shake it off! If you can't control something, don't let it occupy your mind. If something has already happened, it belongs to the past and now there is nothing you can do about it - shake it off! This will lift you up.
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