A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could
use a million frog legs.
The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man
where he could get so many frog legs!
The farmer replied, "There is a pond
near my house that is full of frogs millions of them. They all croak all
night long and they are about to make me crazy!"
So the restaurant Owner
and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the
restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.
The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather
sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs.
The restaurant owner said,
"Well... where are all the frogs?"
The farmer said, "I was mistaken. There
were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of
Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember,
it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems
always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night
worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs
croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take
a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.
The Pretty Lady
This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people
today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us
and they make us angry. Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt, sometimes
they cause us to be bitter or jealous. But like the little monk, we are not
willing to let them go away.
Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our
expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't
do anything ourselves.
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.