~~ Shake It Off ~~
One day, a farmer's donkey fell down into a 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, it
just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. 

So he invited all his neighbours
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 horribly. 

Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down.  
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked 
down the well and was astonished 
at what he saw. 
With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
donkey was doing something amazing.  
He would shake it off and take a step up. 
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, everyone was amazed as the donkey 
stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Moral:  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 well, 
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.
2.  Free your mind from worries.
3.  Live simply.
4.  Give more.
5.  Expect less.

Also remember:  A happy person is NOT 
the one who has the most, 
but IS the one who needs the least.


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