Welcome to 2014. May this be the year that your dreams are fulfilled.
I am really excited about the new year. I for one believe in writting down my goals for the year. I revisit them every so often and tick off what has been accomplished, refine some where necessary and add new ones as new opportunities arise. My goals are never cast in stone. I am flexible enough to ammend them as necessary. Wether you call them goals, objectives or resolutions, it is important to have them written down and time bound. This is not my topic for today. I would like to start my first post for 2014 by sharing a story to encourage you as we begin the new year. We will get back to career development next week.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried 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.
Journey mercies for 2014