Which frog are you?
I came across this incredible piece a few years ago, while surfing the net, and it has popped up many times since then. In a world which is still dealing with the economic tsunami of 2008, and picking up pieces as we rebuild, this is such an inspirational piece. As we say in South Africa- vasbyt, and enjoy the poem :)
Two frogs fell into a can of cream, or so I've heard it told. The sides of the can were shiny and steep, the cream was deep and cold.
"Oh what's the use?" said number 1, "tis fate - no help's around. Goodbye, my friend, goodbye sad world!" and weeping still, he died.
But number 2, of sterner stuff, dog paddled in surprise. The while he dried his creamy face, and dried his creamy eyes.
"I'll swim a while, at least," he said- or so I've heard it said. "It wouldn't really help the world, if one more frog was dead."
An hour or two he kicked and swam. Not once he stopped to mutter. But kicked and swam, and swam and kicked, then hopped out via butter!'
(a poem by T.C. Hamlett)
This is not how I imagined this would end. For many, what was planned and worked for before the economic crash, ended up rather differently as well. It’s tough to persevere when you feel like there’s no way out, and you haven’t got much energy or will left to keep trying. It’s hard not to throw your hands up and give in to the world’s malaise, or give up on humanity after yet another senseless massacre. But somehow this little frog just sticks in the mind, imagining his little legs battling furiously to keep moving, never giving up on the possibility of escape. And wow did he have an unusual escape!
I don’t know quite how this will translate into economic terms, but lets keep moving, wait it out, and see what happens!