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A reason to be glad
Is it possible to maintain joy when problems or physical pain demand all our attention?
There's a story about a farmer's donkey that fell down into an old, dry well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided that since the well was dry and should be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. So he invited his neighbors to come over and help him fill the well.
They all grabbed shovels and began to throw dirt into the hole. At first, the donkey cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, it quieted down.
A few shovel-loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovelful of dirt that hit its back, the donkey would shake off the dirt and step up onto it. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, it continued to shake the dirt off and step up higher. Pretty soon, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.
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About the author
Mark Swinney and his wife, Reneé, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have two children, Erin and Ryan.
A pipeline to happiness
with contributions from Manfred Krueger, Sandra Norris, Susan Rynerson, Mary H. Reed, Claire Louise Wilmot, Elena Brady
items of interest
with contributions from Barbara Stahura, Dan Schaeffer, Robert Sapolsky, Warren Bolon, Ellie Pierce
JOY that can't be stolen away
By Dorothy Estes
A reason to be glad
By Mark Swinney
HAPPINESS that comes with a GUARANTEE
By Margaret Rogers
step by step OUT OF DEPRESSION
By Cynthia Tyler
'Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing ...'
with contributions from Anne Early, Katherine Hildreth
In Pristina, a green vase sings from a table left standing
By Warren Bolon
The Sentinel asks... 'What brings lasting happiness?'
with contributions from Erin Callahan, Beckie Myers, Suzanne M. Cowin, Tony Goncalves, David Stevens, Matthew Bouchard, Liz Orr, Barbara Gritten, Suzanne Sinclair
A Church less rigid
By Kim Shippey Sentinel staff
–––– 100 years ago
Prayer alone heals serious dog bite
Genevieve E. Eckhardt
Severe burn quickly healed
Gladys A. de Pombo
Family relationship sweetened through prayer
Happiness that lasts