THE BOILING FROG
The boiling frog is a fable, describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. In this theory, it is established that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out immediately. But if the same frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
According to this theory, when you put a frog in a vessel of water and start heating the water, as temperature of the water rises, the frog will also adjust its body temperature accordingly. The fog keeps on adjusting with increase in temperature. But when the water is about to reach boiling point, the frog will not be able to adjust anymore. At this point, the frog will decide to jump out, but it would not be able to do so because its strength has been exhausted and eventually the frog will die. The question is what killed the frog? Many of us would say the boiling water! But the truth is that inability of the frog to decide when to jump out actually killed the frog.
The same scenario is applicable to us in our day to day activities. In every relationship, we are being taught to forgive, endure and bear the burdens of one another. But the truth of it is that, there must be a point at which we must decide to get out and move on, if we do not want to end up as boiling frog. It is obvious that we cannot be at peace with everyone because not everybody is man or woman of peace. There are times when people around you are the determinants of PEACE or WAR.
Jump out of anybody who is a threat to your peace and comfort; who is reducing you instead of increasing; those who are toxic and not a blessing. At such times, you need to face the situation and take decisive actions. Do not allow people around you to manipulate, exploit, use or abuse you physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually or mentally. Jump out of any relationship that can make you end up as boiling frog. When you are still alive and have the strength to do so, jump out of such relationship.
August 10, 2020