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Everybody likes stories. And if you like the motivational kind, you would have read about the Donkey in the well at some point in your life.
The one idea that stands out for me in that story is the steely grit of the donkey. That and the fact that the donkey tossed off all the dirt that the farmer threw on its back. And, it used the dirt to get out of the hole.

In life, we can choose to be that donkey in the fable. We can choose to toss off insults, hurt, anger, resentment, obstacles and pain. We can choose to step on those failures and rise towards our successes.
This applies to our petty arguments and trifles. It is also relevant to our larger challenges. 
Ultimately, life is a game and how we choose to play it, will determine whether we succumb to the roadblocks or leap over them with  vigour.

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge
T is for Toss
My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Categories: A to ZLife Lessons

Psych Babbler · April 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

It all boils down to our choices….we could choose to wallow in self pity or to get up and fight backby moving forward. Insightful as always!

Swathi Shenoy · April 23, 2014 at 1:40 am

When we learn to toss it off, we can achieve greater heights! loved d story 🙂
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Eli Z · April 23, 2014 at 2:33 am

Yup! I can be that donkey 🙂 Just not take in the crap – and keep what I want to keep. think it makes a happier everyday life. So well written:-)

Usha Menon · April 23, 2014 at 3:05 am

a very motivating post. Some people like to have clutter all around. I am allergic to crap and just cannot tolerate it.

KParthasarathi · April 23, 2014 at 4:17 am

Very well said.There are three other things we can learn from donkey
अविश्रामं वहेद्भारं शीतोष्णं च न विन्दति |
ससन्तोषस्तथा नित्यं त्रीणि शिक्षेत गर्दभात् ||
He carries loads without rest, is not deterred by the heat or cold, is always content;
these three things should be learnt from the donkey

Suzy · April 23, 2014 at 4:31 am

Our attitude and choices determine how our journey will unfold – with enjoyment or despair. Nicely written.

Aditi · April 23, 2014 at 4:42 am

Yes use the dirt to rise above…such poignant message through this fable Shailaja! Loved the perspective! 🙂

Beloo Mehra · April 23, 2014 at 4:57 am

Yes, a good story and an even better post! Well done, Shailja. Tossing out all the dirt is so therapeutic indeed.

Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

Vidya Sury · April 23, 2014 at 5:27 am

That is one of my all-time favorite stories!

Sreeja Praveen · April 23, 2014 at 5:50 am

A favourite story, which we learnt long back in those Moral Science classes at school 🙂 But a tough thing to do, in real life, unless we get the hang of it early on. We must choose to do it for our own good. The bad gets tossed off, and we get tossed in with all that is good 😀

Afshan Shaik · April 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

what a great lesson to remind my self this morning Shailaja 🙂
but I never heard the donkey in the well story !!

Pheno Menon · April 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

U can be that smart donkey and shrug off the dirt or be like the rest of the donkeys that carry excess baggage. Most of them choose the latter unfortunately


Jayanta Tewari · April 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

Yes, tossing off the dirt, using it to get out of the hole (learning to make new ways) and moving forward alone is the survival mantra. More than thinking, these need to be practiced in life though…

Red Handed · April 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

I did read that story!!
It requires guts and a will to toss it all away and get out of the hell hole you are in. This was lovely!

Nabanita · April 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

It's so hard to do that sometimes no? But a well told story Shailaja…

T for Tired-Random Thoughts Naba

Prasanna Rao · April 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

Very few can actually turn the hurdles into a positive note and take it as a lesson learnt in life. How I wish I could make use of the insults cleverly disguised as advises from “concerned” people and throw it back on them 🙂 A wonderful message and much needed 🙂 · April 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

'Donkey in the well' shows how even a donkey can be a source of inspiration!

Mina Menon · April 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

tht donkey story drove home the point 🙂 · April 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

A brilliant post with an even more amazing moral. Kudos 🙂

Kathy Combs · April 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

This is brilliant. Today I feel like that donkey trying desperately to get out of the well. ♥

Shilpa Garg · April 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

A very inspiring post, Shailaja! True, it's all about the choices we make and attitude we plan to have in life! ♥

Jyotsna Bhatia · April 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Yes, I have heard this story too.. If only, we could always remember it in times of need.. 🙂

Sunila Vig · April 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

So true, good one Shailaja 🙂

tulika singh · April 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

So the donkey proved to be more man than most men. Inspiring!

Cathy Graham · April 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

That's the first time I've heard that story, Shailaja. I like it! For once being a jackass is a good thing! Let's all try to be more like donkeys and toss it off! Oh yeh!

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Such a crispy and thoughtful post! *bows down*

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Carol Graham · April 26, 2014 at 5:23 am

I have often used that story to illustrate a point – love it. Thank you
Carol @ Battered Hope

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