Attitude in Life – Shake it off and step up

Attitude in Life 

What should be our attitude in life when people scorn you & you feel humiliated with their such actions. Below is a beautiful story “Donkey in the well” which gives answer to this question.

Shake it off and step up!

“Once a donkey owned by a farmer fell down into a well. The donkey cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally the farmer thought that as donkey was old and the dry well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn’t worth retrieving the donkey. So he decided to fill the well with soil and invited all his neighbors to come over and help him.

They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel soil and dirt into the well. At first, the donkey couldn’t realise as to what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every 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 trotted off!”

My Reflections

This story simply gives us a lesson that Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. People in society are going to laugh at you many times & throw dirt on you but the trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.

We should take a lesson from Bhagwat Gita teachings also that “We should remain same during the praise & ignominy.” We should just have faith in God & pray to God only. By doing so & living equanimously, you shall not be bothered much about the people in the society, who do not like you & your way of life.

Finally just believe in what Swami Vivekananda said:

“Let people say, whatever they like, stick to your own convictions & rest assured, world will be at your feet.”

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