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The Donkey in the Well

Updated: Jan 29, 2019


One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried 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. 


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 horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally 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 it off and take a step up. 


As the farmer’s neighbors 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 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 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. 



Moo Sa!


D.Segarra About the Author Master Daniel R. Segarra is a 7th Degree Black Belt in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do. He has been training for over 40 years and teaches at the Warrior-Scholar Martial Arts Academy located at 298 Lawrence Ave in Lawrence N.Y Five Towns Area. Warrior-Scholar Martial Arts Academy has been teaching Men, Women, Teens & Children our unique Martial Art for over 50 years! Oldest KMA school in the USA! Serving the 5 Towns, Far Rockaway, Lawrence, Inwood, Cedarhurst, Hewlettt, Rosedale, Woodmere, East Rockaway, Rockville Centre, Arverne, Oceanside for over five decades!

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