Defeats, Donkeys, Wells & The Way Out

Today I encourage y’all to to accept any defeats with your head up & your eyes ahead. With the grace of a woman or the solid strength of a man, not the grief of a child. And to allow God to heal the wounds of your past – your childhood. Do not live there & decorate them as though they are your home. As a by-product, the walls we build to keep people out & prevent them from hurting us only imprison us in the end.

Here’s a lil fable to bring this home –

“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 neighbors 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. He was astonished at what he saw. With each 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 happily 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 troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just 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 – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from God.

Bottom line:

Shake it off, whatever ‘IT’ is, and move on up!”


I pray that God reveals the truths that will trump the lies we’ve believed about ourselves because of the things we’ve endured.

If we will let Him do that, we will be free & all the more each day.

That is my desire for us all ~

Much love y’all & much more peace,

Bonnie ❤️


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