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The Frog In The Well

Josh's previous loop about the two frogs reminded me of an idiom that relates to a frog:


Once upon a time there was a frog who lived in a well his whole life. Whenever a bird flew by, he would always brag about his beautiful home and say, "Hey! Why don't you come down and join me? I have an unlimited amount of water to drink from and countless insects to eat. At night I can count the twinkling stars in the sky and sometimes I can even see the moon too!"


After listening to the frog, the birds would then explain to him that the outside world is much bigger than his well. Not believing the birds, the frog though that the birds were lying to him as there couldn't be anything better than his well - he has lived there his whole life after all. Overtime, all the birds in the area began to dislike the frog and stopped talking to him seeing that he is very stubborn.


One day, a yellow sparrow stopped by and rested on the edge of the well. The frog got excited again and bragged about his well. Like the other birds, the yellow sparrow tried to explain to him that the world is much bigger than his well. The frog then questioned why everyone lied to him about the outside world. Eventually, the yellow sparrow got annoyed at the frog's stubbornness. He flew down to the bottom of the well, picked up the frog on his back and flew out.


The frog was left in awe when he finally saw the outside world. Realizing that he was wrong about doubting the yellow sparrow and the other birds, the frog then thanked the yellow sparrow for bringing him out of his well.


The moral of this story is: Don't be like the frog at the bottom of the well and think that the sky is only as big as the top of the well. There are a lot of things for us to explore in this world. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and always keep an open mind.


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