Donkey, Fool And You

And We’re Not Talking Politicsdonkey

Not meaning to get involved or comment on the strange race going on now in the United States, granted it is hard not to wonder how things will end. The members of the party that has a donkey as its symbol might just be kicking themselves, trying to decided between the highly experienced Hillary Clinton and the goodly Bernie Sanders. While on the other side, the elephant in the room of the Republican party is Donald Trump in live and living colour.

By the way, if you ever wondered how these symbols or party animals were chosen and why, check the history here.

No, the donkey to which I am referring this wonderful almost-Spring day is the one of the Jamaican proverb that is the focus on Tuesday Thought©. Regular readers know that every week a proverb is highlighted and it meaning explained within the context of our times. Sorry, I missed posting one last week but doing my best to make up for it today. However, you can check out the one from the week before on the wastefulness of worrying.

Distracted By A Donkey?

“No mek one donkey choke yuh,” is the saying of the day and translated into proper English it is “Do not allow a donkey to choke you.” What does this mean?

Members of this community received their daily dose of Weekday Wisdom© on Monday and they and I are “Living Boldly” this week. You can join us by subscribing and receiving your shots of Wisdom every weekday morning. It is a short motivational email to help you set the tone for your week and day. This week, we are affirming ways to live our lives without apologies, stepping onto our paths with confidence and removing those things from our psyche that would hold us back. One of the many things that can do that are the dream snatchers we meet along the way. They come in many forms and one such is as a donkey.

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Watch today’s Tuesday Thought and find out how a donkey can snatch your dreams if you allow yourself to be mesmerized by its bray:

Hope that made sense to you and will help you find out whether there is a donkey or two in your life. Be sure to bookmark or subscribe to our blog and join us each week for Tuesday Thought©. You will also receive Weekday Wisdom©, a daily email update of our post as well as my monthly FREE newsletter! Sign-up today and let us together make 2016 the beginning of the best years of the rest of our lives!


Claudette P. Esterine


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40 thoughts on “Donkey, Fool And You

  1. My hubby and I were discussing how there doesn’t seem to be any clear leader or candidate we like – almost need to choose the “lesser of the evils” so to speak, and we’re still not sure who that might be!

    I had wondered about the donkey/elephant symbols and not really researched it before. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And that makes it a sad day – that there is no clear choice but a settling for. Thanks for sharing that Kleebanks! 🙂

  2. When I was a kid every time I hear or see a donkey it always remind me of Eeyore the slow and funny donkey 🙂 from Winnie the Poo. I once heard about that Proverb but I didn’t understand what it meant till now.

  3. Once I decided to get rid of the donkeys in my life. It was hard at first but at the end, everything turns out good for me.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad for you Ana!!! 🙂

  4. This is a unique proverb. Donkeys are really very dangerous for progress in life. Need to eliminate them as soon as they try to enter our life.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh yes you must – if you want to move forward along the path of your desires. 🙂

  5. April G

    Thanks for such a great proverb. I really like this post

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad that you did April! )

  6. I enjoyed reading this, such an interesting article. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Appreciate you visit Mhaan and leaving feedback! 🙂

  7. I’ve decided to eliminate donkey’s in my life this year. It’s a challenging thing to do too. But I’m sure we could all agree we could do without all the stress. What a great proverb and wonderful insights!

  8. Laci

    Hahah love this !! I’m an elephant fan

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you liked it! Thanks for the visit. 🙂

  9. Great proverb I’ve never heard it before. I don’t think I have donkeys in my life right now but if they ever come I’ll be ready to fight them away. Thanks for sharing this unique message

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for visiting Amy and I am glad that you found value in it. 🙂

  10. how smart and insightful! Thanks for such a great post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and I am so glad that you visited. 🙂

  11. At first I thought this post is about politics, but then I realized there was something deeper than it seems! 🙂 Love your Jamaican proverb. Let donkeys go away

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, Eugenia, it seems like a few people missed the first few words that said that it was not a political commentary. LOL. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  12. Elizabeth O.

    I don’t think anyone can be mesmerized by donkeys. I have freed myself from the Donkeys in my life and I couldn’t be happier. It’s so tough to deal with these people. They are toxic and once is enough to be honest, lol.

    1. Ms Claudette

      See, that’s where I will disagree with you as I do believe that people can be mesmerized by a donkey – if not their looks, their “bray.” 🙂

  13. Thank you for the insight on the proverb.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you for visiting. 🙂

  14. Thank you for the insight on the proverb

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Kerri! 🙂

  15. I have to say I have never heard the proverb before but I kind of get where you are coming from. I kind of have to mention Robin’s response too she made me laugh!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Wasn’t she just funny?! I very much don’t even many Jamaicans heard it Ana, so don’t feel to bad. LOL. 🙂

  16. So today I have learnt about a Jamaican Proverb and that not to let a donkey choke you…I truly thought this was a political post…Dont let negative energy fool you, or a person or a community etc etc! Slow backward person, fool teheheee I like this gal! Yes we al do have that person/s in our lives!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I guess you weren’t alone in thinking it was a political post. LOL. But, you got the point perfectly Julie! Thanks for reading through to the end and watching the video.

  17. oh my not sure I would like a donkey as horses terrify me so think donkeys would too

    1. Ms Claudette

      I think you missed the point of the post but thanks for the visit anyway.

  18. I dont have any donkeys in my life as of now. When those donkeys do come, I will fight them.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      You too had me laughing Tara!! 🙂

  19. No donkey in my life! I try to live my life the way that I am comfortable with …The petty rules of others is often ignore. The donkeys I know are in the pastures. Early on my life it was hard to figure out how had my back. Who was my support I was literally grasping for straws. Now 2016 I have decided and eliminate all those Donkeys!
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Good for you Patrice that you have put them out to grass! Love it. 🙂

  20. No donkey in my life thank god
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  21. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Yup, there is a donkey in my life – my ex. When he calls me about the kids, a picture of a donkey literally comes up!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Robin, you had me spitting coffee all over my laptop with your comment! Girl, you a way too funny! 🙂

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