Kenyan in Diaspora:Shake it off, Take a step up!


It is a good thing to find people who add value to your life. God has blessed me with such and I am grateful.

My friend told me he was reading a parable about an old donkey which fell inside a well.  I didn’t know the story, so he willingly shared. It might be familiar to you or new; all the same, may it help you in handling the circumstances life brings your way.

The Farmer’s Donkey

One day a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned  well. Terrified, the animal cried for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old and impossible to retrieve. He realized the well needed to be filled to prevent future losses. So he invited all his neighbors to help him.

They all grabbed shovels and began to throw dirt into the well. At first, when the donkey realized he was being buried alive, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s shock, the donkey quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer and his neighbors continued to throw dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take another step up. Soon everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to throw dirt your way and attempt to bury you; However, no one ever gets out of life’s wells by giving up!

Shake the dirt off and take a step up!



Life challenges are just inevitable. They will come disguised in all manners, you can name them all. A great lesson form the donkey here, SHAKE IT OFF AND TAKE A STEP UP!


“It is not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.” – Zig Ziglar

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” – Elisabeth Kubler- Ross


By Liz Ekakoro:Diaspora Messenger contributor





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