One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The donkey cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. He came to the decision that the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth the effort to retrieve the donkey.
All the neighbors came to help shovel the dirt into the well. At first the donkey cried out in fear as the dirt began to hit his back. Then suddenly the donkey become quiet.
After a few more shovels of dirt had been tossed into the well, the farmer stopped to look into the well. To his surprise, he noticed that with each load of dirt the donkey would shake it off, pat it on the ground, and take a step up.
As the farmer and neighbors continued to shovel the dirt, the donkey continued the process: Shake off the dirt, pat it down, take a step up. Pretty soon to everyone's amazement the donkey stepped up and over the rim of the well and happily trotted off.
MORAL: Life is going to shovel all kinds of dirt on you. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off, pat it down, and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells by looking up, trusting God for an answer, and never giving up.
Free your heart from hatred - forgive.
Free your mind from worries - God recommends it.
Live simply and appreciate what you have - be content.
Give more - use whatever talents you have.
Expect less from people - and more from God.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight." NIV