Two frogs splashing in a bucket of milk

Two frogs splashing in a bucket of milk
The two frogs and their different reaction to the same misfortune

Two small frogs (1) fell into a large bucket containing cream. And, already inside him, they had, with the help of their webbed feet, to splash firmly to stay afloat.

But in a moment later, one of them got tired, stopped splashing, believing that every effort to survive in those circumstances was useless, and, with a final sigh, sank "to the rest" of the bottom. (2)

The other instead was clapping all night struggling to stay afloat, -Batting the milk- and the dawn found it perched on a small island of butter.

Later, attracted by the smell, hurrying towards that appetizing islet, some flies came to finally serve as food and be devoured by the spirited frog.

And in the morning, the milkmaid who came to pick up the bucket of cream, seeing the two frogs, scared and screaming, accidentally overturned the bucket. Occasion, who took advantage of the frog that had not conformed and had continued fighting, to get away quickly.

La Moraleja that, to the story of the two frogs, wrote H.N. Casson, was: The success will appear in the most hurried moments if we know how to keep rowing instead of giving up. (3)

Miguel Villarroya Martín /Madrid/Spain/April 13, 2016/

Notes :

(1) H. N. Casson received this story, in verse, from a reader of his Efficiency magazine , in the inter-war period of the last century. Casson published it in prose adding a sensational moral.

(2) Meditate the reader on the expression: " sink to the bottom rest " and its consequences, will serve to continue splashing-fighting-in this fierce environment in which we are. Notice, how, accepting the bottom rest, only sinks and drowns us. So keep splashing!

(3) That has been said in countless ways-remember for example, the poem Do not abandon it , that verse that says: When everything seems worse is when, precisely, we should not abandon or one of the many sentences of the HN itself Casson on the same subject : Keep rowing, it was the last few strokes that managed to win the regatta! - but you have to repeat it many more times, because it is very easy to forget.

For my part I refer you to our recent article: Tamerlane and the Ant , whose protagonist is not the legendary Uzbek warrior, but the Tenacity that he learned from a tiny ant.

(4) The image of the two frogs is a composition of the original of the English photographer Keja . And it was in Pixabay as an image in Public Domain. To both, we appreciate the free use of the original.

Failure is a blurry, magical mirror

The blurred mirror is an old story of sellers in which it is said that, when they asked a salesman, who had become a billionaire with his work in Sales, what was the cause of his success, he told them that he had reached the summit because I had once had the luck ......

Androcles and the lion grateful: the good to do reward

a) The story of Androcles and the lion, in extract. A slave condemned to die devoured by the lions, in the Circus Maximus of Rome, was pardoned by the emperor who was present at the spectacle, due to the extraordinary event that happened in the arena. To everyone's surprise, one of the lions defended the slave in front ......

Council of Philip II of Macedonia to his son Alexander

I suggest you reflect on the wisdom of government that a "barbarian" king (1) transmits to the son who would later come to be known as the Great, because of the enormity of his conquests. «Philip of Macedon doctrined his son Alexandro, persuading him with this teaching: Before succeeding me by nature, try to acquire them with ......

Feel with the least and talk to the most

If Baltasar Gracián is always current, today, in the heat of debate on Security and Freedom, going against the current is as dangerous today, as it has always been. See what the teacher tells us about this. Prudence in expressing our opinions Aphorism 43: Feeling the least and talking to the most - «Wanting to go against the current ......