I had several witty videos chosen to continue this blog series, and then a memory popped up on my Facebook page and I realized that this story truly identifies where I am.

donkeySo….once upon a time…..

…..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 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.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

This week we have started the mental diet. We are trying to block negative ideas and thoughts. I think my record before resetting has been 6 hours. I have been frustrated and confounded with myself. Obviously, not the point. Then I realized that just going through this process is making me a better person because I am aware for the first time of my thoughts and deliberately trying to guard myself from the negativity that seeps into my mind and heart.


So, although I may restart again and again and again, I am making progress. I will not allow those thoughts to penetrate into the well of my soul. With awareness comes the ability to protect and build the inner self. I am finding a freedom and peace for the first time….and yes, I am really comical.

Well, I could not resist. I liken myself to Barney Fife, on patrol of my mind, and constantly writing myself tickets. I have deputized my daughter to also help me monitor my words and she has several times invoked a “citizen’s arrest.” So I laugh, thankful that the dreaded perpetrators have been identified and barred entry into that “mysterious source that never sleeps!”

Try the Seven Day Mental Diet. I hereby deputize you.