The donkey’s story

13 Dec

The story:

““One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously 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 begin 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 and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that fell on his back, the donkey was doing some thing 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 totted off ! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is too not to get bogged down by it. We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping. And by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up !”

― Azim Premji, IIM A, 2002, 37 convocation talk

I had read this story in a Azim Premji talk at Indian institute of management Ahmedabad in early part of career. I remember this story  again today. My regular working experience has been ridicule. I have had some good moments. But my near every day working experience has been ridicule. Am the donkey in the story. I am amazed at the self congratulatory people with dubious value set with purposeful education or some work experience.  I continue to shake of the dirt and take step up. Had it not been for ridicule and family challenges. I would be happy to work in a post office and read a book.

More from the Indian Industrialist Azim Premji , whose values and excellence like a lot :

 Respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes. Success requires no explanation and failure permits none. But you need to respect yourself enough so that your self-confidence remains intact whether you succeed or fail. If you succeed 90 per cent of the time, you are doing fine. If you are succeeding all the time, you should ask yourself if you are taking enough risks. If you do not take enough risks, you may also be losing out on many opportunities. Think through but take the plunge. If some things do go wrong, learn from them. ” ( Azim Premji, IIM A, 2002, 37 convocation talk)

Respect yourself. No matter who or what. Hopefully the donkey will have a happy ending.

Remember then :

” Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

― Leonard Cohen

Have a good day dear friends!

Much Love,Suresh ( Donkey or dongey)



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