Frog Tales (Tales of Frog)
Here are two stories I would like to share with you, they revolve around real life experiments and the lessons people have come to learn from them.
There was an experiment done years ago, where jumping frogs were placed in jars with lids. Though they had plenty of food and water, the frogs still tried to escape. They jumped and jumped, banging their heads on the lids again and again. This went on for 30 days, and then the lids were removed. But the frogs no longer jumped because they didn’t believe escape was possible. They had given up, even though freedom was one hop away.
Sometimes life knocks you down so often, you start to assume it will knock you down every time. You essentially give up trying because your mind had been conditioned to believe that it’s not worth the effort. You may decide it’s safer to stay where you are.
But here is the truth, there is no lid on your jar! You can do more and handle more than you think you can. You can decide to do more than just exist, you can choose to live life, if you can put away the fears of failure and try again and again.
Another experiment was carried out, a frog was placed in a vessel of water and the scientist started heating the water. As the temperature of the water rose, the frog was able to adjust its body temperature accordingly. The frog kept adjusting with increased temperature. Just when the water was about to reach boiling point, the frog was not able to adjust anymore. At that point the frog decided to jump out but it was unable to do so, because it had lost all its strength while trying to adjust as the temperature of water rose. Eventually the frog died.
What killed the frog?
Many of us would say the boiling water. But the truth is what killed the frog was its own inability to decide when it had to jump out.
We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to confront. There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action. If we allow people to exploit us physically, mentally, emotionally or financially, they will continue to do so. We have to decide when to jump. Let us jump while we still have the strength.
Think about these tales!
By Kimberly Sayer-Giles, KSL.com Contributor
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