Adversity can be tricky. You can go about solving it in one of two ways: Allow it to cripple you and set you back or you can stare it in the face and use it to better yourself and become stronger.
Maybe you’re familiar with the story of the donkey in the well. If not, it goes something like this:
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 dirt and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey didn’t 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.
What can we learn from the donkey? Instead of backing down at the dirt that life throws at us, we need to use it as a stepping stone instead. Our experiences mold us into greater beings. Every single trial, every hardship is there to teach us a lesson for something else that may come our way.
Don’t bow down to adversity. Take charge by finding another way to overcome the obstacle.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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