Sojourner's Place

sunday inspirations...take a step and shake it off  

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One day a farmer's donkey fell into an abandoned 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 covered up anyway; so it just wasn't worth it to him to try to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. Realising what was happening, the donkey at first cried and wailed horribly. Then, a few shovelfuls later, he quieted down completely.

The farmer peered down into the well, and was astounded by what he saw. With every shovelful of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing some thing amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on the new layer of dirt. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he 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 the shock and astonishment of all the neighbours. Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to not let it bury you, but 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 stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

And finally, the donkey gave the farmer who tried to bury him a good kicking. Which brings me to another moral for this story - When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back and gets you.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner('s Place) ain't got nothing more to say. ~~SjP

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    9 sojourners hollin' back

    SjP, another inspirational and real story!

    Thanks again for sharing...

    May 25, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    We have to learn to choose our battles. Have a great week.

    May 25, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    That was too cute, I love the moral of the story.

    May 25, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    God Bless You! That is a wonderful story with a great morale. In fact, I'm going to share it with my young 'uns this week...

    My Sunday Inspiration meme is up & running this week. It is titled, The Next Time You Feel Like God Can't Use You, Just Remember... and I invite your blog readers to check it out.

    peace, Villager

    May 25, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Peace and Blessings, thank you for including me in your meme. I posted at

    Keep spreading the love and knowledge!

    May 25, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    this was a beautiful and timely post. i think it is a wonderful that you started this.

    May 25, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Much obliged all! I am so happy that Sunday Inspirations appears to be a success and hopefully giving others the inspiration and motivation needed to face the week ahead. I know that I have certainly been inspired today by your posts!

    Remember "to take a step and shake it off!"


    May 26, 2008 at 12:36 AM

    I love that story each time I read it I needed that thank you. I'm also glad to be apart of your inspirational sundays thank you.

    May 26, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Kroegergirl said:

    thank you... i needed that pick me up

    May 26, 2008 at 9:19 AM
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