The difficulties and challenges of life are like grindstones. Whether they grind us down or polish us up depends on us. One day a farmer's donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the donkey but decided that neither the donkey nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. He called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlist them to help shovel dirt to bury the old donkey in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old donkey was hysterical. But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he would shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old donkey fought panic and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up. It wasn’t long before the old donkey, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of the well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him all because of how he handled his adversity.