Three Great Lessons Of Life - The Turtle, The Frogs & The Pretty Lady
We learn a lot through our experiences in life. The following 3 examples of TURTLES, FROGS and THE PRETTY LADY
each teach us a lesson.
A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to
prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the second year
of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!
For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they
discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed. After a lengthy
discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow
moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that
no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.
Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years... six years... then on the seventh year
of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and
begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, 'See!
I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'
[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 do not do anything ourselves.]
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 noise!'
[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
Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were traveling together. They came to the bank of a river and found
the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river. There was a pretty lady who was stuck at the damaged
bridge and couldn't cross the river.
The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back. The lady accepted. The little monk was shocked
by the move of the big monk. 'How can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with
females?' thought the little monk. But he kept
quiet. The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed unhappily.
When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.
All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with the act of the big monk. He was making
up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet.
And the big monk had no inclination to explain his situation.
Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily
at the big monk. 'How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female,
especially when she is very pretty? All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite
The big monk looked surprised and said, 'I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come
you are still carrying her along?'
[This very old 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. We keep on carrying the
baggage of the 'pretty lady' with us. We let them keep on coming back to hurt us, make us angry, make us bitter
and cause us a lot of agony.
Simply because we are not willing to put down or let go of the baggage of the 'pretty lady'. We should let go of
the pretty lady immediately after crossing the river. This will immediately remove all our agonies. There is no
need to be further hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over.]
- Author Unknown