I am a twice-a-year kind of Jew. That is, I only go to synagogue twice a year: on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Oh every year I tell myself that I will start going more: that I'll attend Shabbat services on Friday nights or listen to the Torah being read on Saturdays; that I'll celebrate other holidays like Purim and Sukkot and Simcah Torah. And every year I seem to not find the time and suddenly another year has passed and I've been to temple twice.

Still - sometimes twice is enough. 

I read the following during High Holiday services last year and jotted it down: 

O Source of Mercy, give us the grace to show forbearance to those who offend against us. When the wrongs and injustices of others wound us, may our hearts not despair of human good. May no trial however severe embitter our souls and destroy our trust. When beset by trouble and sorrow, our mothers and fathers put on the armor of faith and fortitude. May we too find strength to meet adversity with quiet courage and unshaken will.

It spoke to me then, it speaks to me now, and it has spoken to me throughout what has been a not-so-easy year. It's a reminder to have faith and to stay strong. It's timeless.

Speaking of having faith and staying strong, I was cleaning out some files the other day and randomly stumbled upon this email which my Dad sent me seven years ago:

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for 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 throw dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.  With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer'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 donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and 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 stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells by just not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

 

Remember the five simple rules to being happy:

 

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

 

ENOUGH OF THAT CRAP.

 

Later the donkey came back and kicked the shit out of the farmer who tried to bury him.

 

MORAL: When you try to cover your ass, it always comes back to get you.

Because Ass humor is ALWAYS timeless.

4 Comments

I love that donkey story!!

Here for ya babe.

Just so you know, I'm stealing that donkey story because it is fantastic. I also want to laminate those 5 rules at the end and carry them around in my purse so that I can look at them daily.

Shake off the dirt and get your ass out of the well. We're here to help pull you up if you need it. {{hugs}}

So, if I'm hearing you right, you want us to shovel dirt on you so you can shake it off and climb out of a well, and then you'll kick our asses? I'm in!!

some Asses are bigger then others. hugs!

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