DonkeyInWellThis story has been around for years but it’s perfect for those starting over again, overcoming obstacles in their life or undergoing an unfair amount of stress.

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 a shovel and began to shovel 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. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He 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 happily trotted off!

MORAL :  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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy: Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.

  • Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.
  • Live simply and appreciate what you have.
  • Give more.
  • Expect less from people but more from yourself.

I hope that helps you face whatever is boulder is standing in your path this week.  If you need to talk with me personally, remember I’m always here for you.  Just email me at –

Sherie Smith

How Do I Handle The Stress From Job Loss

Glass Of WaterA psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter.  It depends on how long I hold it.

“If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm.

“If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.  In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens.

Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!


This is from the Science Is Madness Facebook page, if you’re into science and want to follow them.  This message about carrying your stresses over time is so perfect for Survive Succeed Soar followers I had to share it with you “As Is”.

I’m always asked this question, “How do I handle the stress from job loss?”  This article about carrying stress for long periods is very true.  But I do find that for those that have been laid off from work or handed our pink slips outright, the stress a little different.

  • First, you are paralyzed with shock.
  • Second, you must gather yourself together emotionally and get control of your fear in order to tell your family.
  • Third, there is a self-inflicted guilt from telling your loved ones you can’t provide for them right now.
  • Fourth, there is the stress of trying to find another job or generate some type of income yourself to feed, clothe and provide a warm and safe home for your family.
  • Fifth, the longer it takes to get money rolling in again, the more paralyzed you become with fear.
  • Sixth, the depression eventually sets in and you feel your self-worth is lost forever.
  • Seventh, you begin to withdraw from family and friends as you lose hope.

That does sound pretty dire and it certainly can be. That’s why it’s imperative that you start generating income as soon as possible.  That is the magic roadblock that will stop this emotional assault.  If you don’t get that done quickly, those negative and destructive emotions will continue to attack your mental and physical well-being.  Plus, aside from yourself and your emotions, you honestly DO need to provide for your spouse and children.  Perhaps you even have grandchildren or elderly parents that depend on your assistance and support.

The secret is to analyze your talents and experience and start an income stream yourself.  Most of us have a difficult time doing that.  We can’t be honest with ourselves.  We don’t know where to start.  We don’t know how to get free advertising. We don’t know how to see our talents clearly.

That’s where I come in – for FREE!  I will do a FREE STRATEGY CALL with you and together we’ll come up with some ideas to get you generating income within just a few days or weeks right where you are.

If you are receptive to some help, just put your name and email in the box to the right.  I’ll be in touch right away and we’ll pick a convenient time for you and I to talk strategy and brainstorm ideas. My goal is to stop the assault before it hits #4 and get you earning some money again quickly.

So I’m here for you!  Just put your contact information in the box to the right.  Do it NOW, that is your first step back to success!

To your rebirth, recreation and new successful lifestyle,

SherieJan2015SuperMiniSherie Smith

Follow Your Heart

CandyHeartYes, today is Valentine’s Day!  Hopefully you didn’t forget!  Hopefully  you remembered to tell your sweetheart how much you love them.  Hopefully they remembered to tell you how important you are to their lives too!

See this little red shiny heart?  It’s from my grandbaby, 6 year old Kaitlyn Cheyanne Oliver.  It tells me that all is right with my world and that there is hope for this upcoming generation too.

It was a simple gesture the other day when she tucked it in my hand and closed my hand around it.  She knew I was heading out of town on business for a few days, and she wanted me to take it with me so I’d think of her.

How precious is that?  We all know how much little ones love candy, especially yummy chocolate candy.  Yet, instead of eating it herself, she gave it to me.  I nearly cried.  Such a simple gesture, yet one that said volumes about her, about me, and about the two of us!

Today I read a quote on Facebook.  You might like it too.  “What you seek is seeking you.” ~Rumi

Do you understand the message?  We all seek the same – enlightenment, acceptance, love, belonging, being needed, finding fulfillment.  While you are seeking acceptance from others, they are seeking the same from you.  While you long to be needed by others, others have a desire to feel that from you.

Whatever it is you seek in life – a job, an education, a family, an opportunity, a mission….is across the universe moving toward you, looking for you, seeking you.

Make sure you keep your eyes and mind and soul open.  You wouldn’t want to be so busy looking yourself that you missed the opportunity to meet that need in others, for in doing so, you might find the same returned back to you.

Be blessed tonight and be loved,

Sherie Smith

Sherie Smith

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Create Your Own Success Challenge

Success Ahead“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Most people are “scardy cats” by nature!  They’re hesitant, afraid to venture too far into the proverbial deep water.  Most have heard horror stories of businesses who failed terribly, marriages that ended sad and angry, and adventures gone wrong.  But think of all those individuals who didn’t have any problems and had wonderful, even thrilling experiences?

What about all of those whose lives have been so much richer by a loving marriage that has lasted 40, 50, sometimes even 60 years.  How many small businesses do you see driving through your town?  They aren’t all big corporations. No, of course not, the majority are small mom and pop shops, yet they’re still open and enjoying their success and independence. Keep reading…