A donkey fell down a well, don’t ask me how, he just did. The farmer eventually gave up the struggle to get him out and decided the kind thing to do was to fill in the well and put the animal out of its misery. As the earth got shovelled in the donkey set up a great struggling with some loud braying, and then fell silent. After putting in several feet of dirt the farmer paused, and peered over. The donkey, instead of letting the soil and stones cover him, simply shook it off and stepped on it, every step taking him higher towards safety. The moral? Life has a tendency to shovel dirt on us; when it does we must shake it off and use it as a stepping stone to take us higher. Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours. Perseverance will always outlast persecution. If a hundred-foot oak tree had the mind of a human, it would only grow to be ten feet tall!

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