Once upon a time, a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried loudly for hours, while the farmer searched for a way to rescue him. Eventually, the farmer concluded that the donkey was old, and the well was already dry and in need of being covered. He believed it wasn’t worth the effort to pull the donkey out of the well. The farmer gathered his neighbors and invited them to help. Equipped with shovels, they began to throw matti into the well. The donkey soon realized what was happening and cried out in distress. Surprisingly, after a few shovelfuls of matti, the donkey quieted down. Curiosity piqued, the farmer peered into the well and was amazed by what he saw. With each heap of matti that fell upon him, the donkey did something incredible: he shook off the matti and used it to step up. Gradually, everyone watched in astonishment as the donkey reached the mouth of the well, went over the edge, and trotted out to freedom.
This story teaches us an important lesson. Life will throw matti at us, all sorts of challenges. However, the key to climbing out of the hole lies in shaking off that matti and using it as a steps of a ladder. Every problem we face can be an opportunity for growth. If we refuse to give up, we can overcome even the deepest holes.
Remember the five rules for happiness:
- Free your heart from hate.
- Free your mind from distractions.
- Simplify your life.
- Give more and expect less.
- Love more and shake the matti, because in this life, you must be a solution, not the problem!