One Little Step at a Time

This is an old story, and the author is unknown. But, it is such a good lesson for those of us in grief to remember not to let the grief bury us. We can climb out one step at a time.

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried loudly for hours, while the farmer tried to find something to do to get him out.

Finally, the farmer decided that the donkey was old and the well was already dry and needed to be covered anyway; that it really wasn’t worth pulling the donkey out of the well. He invited all his neighbors to come help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to throw dirt into the well.

The donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly loud. Then, to everyone’s surprise, he quieted down after a few shovelfuls of dirt. The farmer finally looked down into the well and was amazed at what he saw… with each shovelful of dirt, the donkey was doing something incredible: It was shaking off the dirt and stepping on top of the dirt.

Very soon everyone saw surprised how the donkey reached the mouth of the well, went over the edge and trotted out…Life is going to throw dirt at you, all kinds of dirt… this grief is just one of life’s bigger problems. This is certainly the biggest I’ve gone through. Yet, the trick to getting out of the hole is to shake it off and use it to step up – one little step at a time.