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Taking a Step Up

I came across this wonderful story (source unknown) which illustrates how life's ups and downs can either defeat us or we can triumph over them. The choice is ours.

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.

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 reacted to what was happening by crying 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.

My tips for taking a step up:

Look for the gift in every situation. Sometimes the gifts come disguised and are not in pretty packaging, however they are there. Often they are simple, like an act of kindness, a hug when you need it, humour in unfunny circumstances, or an opportunity to let go. Be open to finding and enjoying them.

Be thankful for what you do have. When you appreciate what you already have it opens you up to receive more. Gratitude is one of the highest energy vibrations.

Let go of worry. Most of what you worry about never happens anyway. What you focus on you create, so if you are focused on what you don't want and what you worry about, you are actually attracting more of that into your life. Replace worry with a solution-focused approach. Look for ways forward and do what you can to create what you want to have in your life.

Forgive others and yourself. Let go of grudges and hatred. You pay a higher price than the person with whom you have the issue when you hold onto this stuff. You do not have to condone any wrongs that were committed against you; however, you can refuse to give them any more of your energy and power. Forgiveness is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself.

Find ways to have joy in your life every day. Laugh, sing, dance, spend time in nature...whatever brings joy to you.

It's all about choice and you get to choose.

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