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.

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