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How Your Overcoming Story Can Make a Difference

This story of unknown origin is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my book, Color Your LIfe Happy: Create the Success, Abundance and Inner Joy You DeserveAvailable in print and as Kindle instant download–$7.99 (If you don’t own a Kindle, Amazon provides a free download to your computer or smartphone)


One day, a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. That animal cried piteously or 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 shovels and began to shovel dirt into well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.

A few shovels 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 did something amazing. He shook it off and took a step up. As the neighbors continue to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he shook it off and took another step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed to see the donkey step up over the edge of the well and happily trot off!

In the end, the donkey found the right attitude toward the dirt hitting his back. He didn’t accept it as a death sentence.  He shook off the dirt and took a step up.

Like the donkey in the story, at some point in our lives we will find ourselves in deep trouble, stress, or what may seem like a hopeless situation. Our first reaction may be to cry, limit our troubles, cursed and fight against our situation. The sooner we turn from our fruitless actions and calm ourselves, however the sooner we can discover positive actions, shake off our troubles and rise to a satisfying solution. We cannot control or change others but we can definitely control our reaction to outside circumstances.

As a coach, an entrepreneur, or speaker do you have an overcoming story of your own that will give courage, motivation and hope to someone? Perhaps you already share such stories with your clients in your sessions or presentations. You can share your transforming stories in a bigger way through your book. I would like to become your partner in getting your book written, marketed and published.

If you are ready to share to get your book written, let’s talk to see if my program is a good fit for you. If it’s not, no worries because I’ll offer you great alternatives. Pop me an email right now with “READY” in the subject line at flora@florabrown.com with your phone number and I’ll call you within 24 hours. I’ll be filling these slots quickly so don’t push this deep desire of yours down again. All it takes right now is for you to step forward and put the universe on notice that you are ready to make a bigger difference.

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