A Valuable Life Lesson And Moral

The Gourmet Guardian sent me today’s post, because he knows that I am always looking for something new, fresh and insightful with a twist of irony and when there’s a meaningful lesson or moral it makes it even better! I know you’ll enjoy this one as much as I did…

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The donkey cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. If you’ve ever heard a donkey ‘cry’ you know how loud and upsetting it is.

Donkey Stuck In A Well

Donkey Stuck In A Well

Finally, the farmer decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried even more loudly in panic and fear.

Then, to everyone’s amazement the donkey quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his
back, the donkey was doing something amazing.

He would shake off the dirt and take a step up.

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

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily 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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

  1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
  2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happen.
  3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less


Enough of this ‘feel good’ crap.

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


When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.

Donkey Gets His Revenge

Donkey Gets His Revenge

Exponential Life Lesson:

Without getting too serious about this, life is what YOU make it to be.

I’ve attended more than my share of motivational events and programs and now stage them myself. I have seen both farmers and donkeys sitting in those seats.

The thing is some of those donkeys just can’t see they’ve put themselves into their own wells…

They keep screaming for help, but no one’s coming to their rescue because – you guessed it – they’re asses.

No one wants to help them out of the well.

Others unfortunately have fallen into the well (of disappointment, despair, discouragement, failure…) and instead of shaking off the dirt, they just sit there complaining, winging and blaming others instead of ‘looking for’ a way out AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Then there are the farmers who didn’t realise there are donkeys smarter than them who can teach them lessons.

There are smart farmers who knew how to solve this problem so they were able to deal with this situation stress-free.

There are exponential farmers who have a connection with their donkey and with just a ‘look’ it’s understood that the problem is solved, there is no panic and ‘she WILL be right mate’…

So your exponential lesson for today is to start looking for farmers, donkeys and asses.

You’ll quickly realise their destinies are pre-destined not by their FATE, but by their THOUGHTS, ACTIONS and REACTIONS.

Thank you Gavin for this priceless lesson – it’s as hilarious as it is valuable!

1 Response to “A Valuable Life Lesson And Moral”

  • Wow!!! An Outstanding Post – Marc. I loved reading it and the many life lessons & metaphors. This is much much funnier than your zebra jokes Marc :-). Thank you or sharing it with us.
    Life is what we make of it!!
    Carpe Diem
    Gerard Spriet

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