A Smiling You

A Man and his Donkey

A man had many donkeys who helped him with his business. One of those donkeys was with him for a very long time and the merchant had grown fond of that donkey. One day, when the merchant and his donkeys were returning from a trip, the old monkey fell into an open pit. The donkey began wailing and crying.

The merchant looked around for some help but he could not find anything that would help him to bring the donkey out. The man finally lost all hopes of rescuing the donkey and decided to fill the pit. He brought a shovel and began to dig the ground. All through this time, the donkey kept crying and wailing.

After some time, the donkey's wails stopped. The man noticed that when he was throwing the dirt on the donkey, the donkey shook the dirt off. And in doing so, the dirt started accumulating on the ground. When there was enough dirt on the ground, the donkey stepped on the now elevated ground. The man kept throwing dirt into the pit and the donkey kept shaking it off and coming upwards. Finally, the donkey was out of the pit.

Lesson: One should shake off (problems) and step up (learn from them) for tackling challenges in life.

Editorial Team

Copy Editor: U. Padma Latha

Editorial Board:


  • O. P. Ajmera
  • Manish Gulati
  • Manoj Sharma
  • Sanjay Sharma
  • Mohit Maheshwari
  • Jyoti Gupta




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