What it makes us think about, however, is that any journey or task, no matter how long or difficult, is completed one step at a time and starts as any other journey or task starts.
We can hope, dream, and be positive, mind is more powerful than matter. We should avoid being so attached to results that we cannot adapt to the unexpected.
This quote is a reminder that it is often best to flow with the easiest path, to fix our boat as it travels downstream, rather than swim upstream with no boat. A jackass is a beast of burden, and will carry our weight for us. It can carry much more weight than us, thus performing more work than us. It is easier to tend to this jackass and even fight with a sick one, than to carry the burden ourselves.