This was sent to me via email from my mom on January 23, 2003.

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 neighbours to come over and help him. They all 
grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, 
the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.
Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted 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 neighbours 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! 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 by not stopping, never giving 
up! Shake it off and take a step up! 

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

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