Aesop’s THE TWO FROGS

Posted by jlubans on June 01, 2019

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Caption: The two on a stroll. Illustration by Ernest Henry Griset. 1884

Two Frogs were neighbors.
One lived in a marsh, where there was plenty of water, which frogs love: the other in a lane some distance away, where all the water to be had was that which lay in the ruts after rain.
The Marsh Frog warned his friend and pressed him to come and live with him in the marsh, for he would find his quarters there far more comfortable and—what was still more important—more safe.
But the other refused, saying that he could not bring himself to move from a place to which he had become accustomed.
A few days afterwards a heavy wagon came down the lane, and he was crushed to death under the wheels.
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And so it can be at work.

Why stay in an “accustomed” rut? Let me count the ways and whys.
Oh yes, the reasons to hang on (even when the ground is shaking from the approaching cart wheels) will be multitudinous. A list so long, no one in his or her right mind would leave.
Au contraire, mon ami, All you have to do is leave.
I admire anyone who concludes: “This is not working. I am gone." Adios amigo, goes the song.
Of course, you want to think about it, but don’t think too long. Pack your bags, buy that Greyhound ticket, and start fresh.
If life’s an adventure, aren’t you capable? Of course you are.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES A NEW TRANSLATION BY V. S. VERNON JONES WITH AN INTRODUCTION By G. K. CHESTERTON AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ARTHUR RACKHAM (Publisher: London: W. Heinemann; New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912). Available at Gutenberg.

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