I just read this from my friend Cliff's blog... I found it inspiring.
Lesson from a Donkey
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into an old, dry well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, totally frustrated, he decided the animal was old, the well to deep and as it needed to be covered up anyway it just wasn't worth it to continue to try to retrieve the donkey.
So after explaining his plight to his neighbors the farmer asked them to come over and help him take care of the unique situation.
Sympathetic to his dilemma they all grabbed their shovel and began to pitch dirt into the deep well.
At first the donkey, when he realized what was happening, brayed horribly. It was quite upsetting to listen to...then to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few hours later, for this was a very deep well, the farmer finally looked into its depths. What he saw astonished him!
Wth each shovel of dirt that was pitched over the well's wall it fell on the donkey's back.
The donkey realized that this was his way out and instead of braying he concentrated on shaking the dirt off of his back and stepping onto the raised surface underneath his hooves.
When the farmer told his neighbors what the donkey was doing their spirits lifted and they shoveled dirt into the well as fast as they could. Each time this was done the donkey would shake the dirt off and step up.
Within a few hours the happy donkey was high enough within the well that he stepped out of the well onto level ground, walking away from what had seemed an impossible challenge without any practical resolution.