Did you know that donkeys can teach us a valuable lesson of life?
What do you know about donkeys?
I guess you think about them the same way as me, they look like horses, they are 4-feet animals with a grey/brown-ish color.
Who would think to take such an animal to look for a lesson of life from? Me, I guess.
I live in the Caribbean where donkeys are very popular.
I don’t know how familiar you are with them but these animals go through so much.
The truth is we can learn something from everything we see, hear, and feel.
Life is like a chess game, if you don’t understand the strategy, you will potentially lose.
Today we are going to find out what the best lessons we can get from a donkey.
So without further ado let’s dive into it.
A lesson of life that you can learn from a donkey is:
1. Keep Calm and Deal With Life no Matter How Hard It Gets.
Donkeys used to be and are still considered in certain countries as: “beasts of burden”.
This means that humans use them to transport materials attached to their bodies.
Awesome fact about donkeys: they have calming effects on nervous horses.
I think that that’s an amazing lesson of life for us humans.
If you want to develop your emotional intelligence, study the life of a donkey and you will learn so much!
When things get difficult or when we are out of our comfort zones we are always ready to panic.
We can experience stress and anxiety and our emotions will be all over the place.
But hey, take it easy…
Everything that we go through is part of the process of growth.
We are constantly evolving. And unfortunately, the best way to learn in life is in times of difficulties and loss.
So, how can we apply this lesson of life to our lives?
One of the best ways to keep calm during uncertainty is to control your emotions.
Emotions can seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated.
But if we allow our emotions to control every decision we make we will sooner or later regret this and consequently, we will lose the battle.
Fun fact about emotions: they are contagious.
So If you choose anger to deal with a difficult situation, guess what will happen to the situation?
So, apply the donkey effect in your life. Be calm and deal with life…
Do not give your emotions the authority to control all your decisions or hardships. Choose to take a moment, breathe, become clear-headed and calm and go for it!
2. Let Your 'Yes' Be 'Yes' and Your 'No' Be 'No'
Donkeys are incredibly stubborn animals.
If you can create a relationship with them that’s based on respect, they will do just about anything for you.
So, if they don’t feel respected enough, they will not go with your flow.
And it doesn’t matter what you do, they will stand there like a statue before you.
Respect yourself enough and don’t let others manipulate your decisions. Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.
I remember when I was younger I would never tell people no.
Everything they asked me to do or told me to do, I would respond with a yes.
And at a certain point, I came to realize that I was doing things that weren’t aligned to what I truly wanted!
So I had to stop and analyze my life and the friends around me. The more I analyzed, the more I understood one that if I don’t respect myself, people won’t respect me.
Respect Yourself Enough And Not Let Others Manipulate Your Decisions
Stop trying to please everyone.
People will use you like they use doormats to clean their bottom shoes.
Work on building your self-confidence to respect yourself enough to know when to say yes and when to say no.
Because we please everyone we don’t get the respect we deserve in return.
And just like donkeys, if you don’t get that respect in return, you don’t move!
Compared to horses, donkeys make decisions based on their safety.
They have a reputation of stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self-preservation.
As I stated above, it’s very difficult to force or frighten a donkey into doing something it sees as contrary to its own best interest.
Sometimes we have to be selfish in our personal, spiritual, and physical growth. Because at the end of it all, who does the decision that I make affect? Me! Exactly.
The third lesson we can learn from a donkey is to:
3. Be Independent in Your Own Thinking
A donkey can teach us just about anything in regards to personal development.
Let me tell you a little story…
When I was a little girl I used to go to my granddad’s farm every now and then with my other uncles and cousins to ride horses.
And sometimes my cousins would try to ride one of the donkeys at the farm.
There was this one time, my cousin hopped on one of the donkeys and tried to ride him…
but the donkey didn’t want to go. My cousin tried everything he possibly could.
The donkey remained in one position without going back or forth.
And this a perfect lesson of life for us humans to take.
So how can you be independent in your way of thinking?
Independent thinkers use their own lens to filter information and inform their thoughts.
They don’t adapt information “as is” and don’t allow other people’s way of thinking to become theirs.
To Become Independent In Your Thinking You Have To:
• Develop the ability to analyze things first.
One great way to do this is by doing your own research and be true to yourself and your instincts.
Reading other people’s words exposes you to their thoughts.
• Think things no one else has considered before
The one thing that will make you stand out, is to be unique and creative.
When everybody goes with option A or B, as an independent thinker, you will go with option C.
• Be willing to break the rules! Don’t copy the customs of the world
To become an independent thinker, you have to break the rules sometimes.
Sometimes the rules say to be successful you have to dedicate 30% of your life to school and 70% working for someone.
But you know that you have a different calling then you have to be willing to break the rules.
Otherwise, you may live a hopeless and unhappy life.
And the final lesson we can learn from a donkey is to:
4. Be open to learn new stuff
For a donkey, learning begins from the moment they are born and continues throughout their life.
Every time you interact with a donkey, they will learn something.
During learning a donkey doesn’t consider their behavior to be good or bad, only whether it’s effective for them.
You have to be willing to enjoy learning as much as you enjoy eating.
We are constantly changing. Life never stands still. I would consider life as a public transport, it’s always on the go.
So, imagine you decide that the knowledge that you already have is good enough for you. You’re not open to learning new things.
After some time, you will find yourself stuck without even knowing how to get out.
Here are 3 ways to learn new things:
The thing I love about reading is that It will open your mind to imagine things you’ve never thought before.
2 must-read books are:
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
You can click both links above to buy the books.
Maybe you say, “ But I don’t enjoy reading.” Then try:
Audio or visual learning.
Listen to at least one podcast or watch a video about the topic that you want to learn about.
2 must-watch podcasts are:
Sometimes all we need to hear is a story of someone who has overcome the odds to reach success in order to jumpstart our own motivation.
Enter the imagination of kids.
Kids will change your perspective to see things the way they see it. Be open to learning from a kid and you will understand so much about life.
Conclusion: A Donkey Can Teach us Big Lesson of Life
There are so many things we can learn from things we cannot possibly imagine.
Today it was the donkey.
Donkeys are intelligent and strong animals. Very loyal once they have a bond with you.
They keep calm no matter how hard life gets.
They stand for their decisions and let nothing move them.
Donkeys are independent thinkers.
I hope that through this post you have learned something new that you can apply into your daily life.
How will you be applying the 4 different facts of a donkey in your life?