Mantras #001: Donkey Story

#Mantras in times of adversity cultivate and condition you.

At one point in my life I read a parable and the reality, truth, strength and poignancy of the message reached me. It was a story about a donkey that was trapped in a well, and spoke of a strong resolve even in the face of hopelessness.

The farmer who owned the donkey decided he was old anyway and although he sympathised, he resolved to kill the donkey instead of rescuing him. So he got a shovel and started throwing dirt into the well to fill it up and bury the trapped donkey.

As the dirt landed on his back at this point the donkey was so fearful and could’ve panicked, but from somewhere he found the idea that every time the farmer shovelled dirt on his back to shake it off and step up on top of it. He felt terror, anger and pressure but every time the farmer threw dirt he kept repeating:

‘shake it off and step up’

– and even when he was broken and tired and thought he was about to die he didn’t give up. He kept going until he saw the light and stepped up one last time over the edge of the well.

The message encouraged me, showing that we have power in positivity and our actions. Looking at changing them can change a situation, which lets you grow. Looking at a circumstance from a different perspective can help – this is an example of how important it is to keep moving forward even in times of hurt.

Keep going. Our resolve gives us strength to get out of a situation when we feel like it might bury us.



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