A Man and his dog
One day a man's dog fell down into a
well. The animal cried piteously for hours as
the man tried to figure out what to do.
Finally, he decided the animal was very old, and the
well needed to be covered up anyway;
it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the dog.
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
dog realized what was happening and cried
horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he
A few shovel loads later, the man finally
looked down the well. He was astonished at what
he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his
back, the dog was doing something amazing.
He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the man'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 dog
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.
I have found that in recovery sometimes it feels like I keep getting dumped on. Trying to rebuild my life is like stepping into a whole new world. I need to learn new ways of thinking about myself and others. I need to learn new attitudes and behaviours. Sometimes I make what would seem to be silly, stupid mistakes because I just don't know any better. With each time someone dumps on me because they don't understand just where I am coming from and what I am trying to do I need to just Shake it off and take a step up. Just because I am in recovery does not mean that the rest of the world will stop and wait for me to catch up! With all the new lessons that I am learning there will be ups and downs. With these I need to take advantage of the opportunities to gain wisdom and this will lead to my freedom.
When the pain of remaining the same finally outweighs the pain of change---things will begin.... life is meant to be enjoyed not endured.