The farmer was greatly saddened, for he not only loved the donkey, but counted on this animal to help him plow his fields and give him some companionship.
The farmer desperately tried to think of how to get his beloved companion out of the well, to no avail. It was a deep pit and the donkey was very heavy. After many hours spent thinking, he finally relented and gave up.
He would just bury the donkey. It was the kindest thing he could think of, so he went to get a shovel. He began by putting a shovel full of earth into the hole. Then another. Then another…
He heard nothing and not being able to bear it, with the next shovel full of dirt he looked down, and as he did he saw his donkey shake off the dirt and step upon the shelf of earth it had made. With every shovel full of dirt, the donkey would shake off the dirt and take a step up.
Eventually the donkey could step out of the well. He never gave up. He used what was meant to bury him to take a STEP UP.
The Moral of the Story:
Never give up.