There were two frogs who were jumping up and down on a fence of a farm while enjoying the mild sunshine coming through the clouds on a humid day during the Monsoon season.
Suddenly a strong wind blew their way while they were still in mid-air thus causing them to land inside a large bucket of fresh milk that was lying on the lawns of the farm.
Both frogs found themselves in completely new territory, didn't know what to do, they were sinking fast since they were positioned on liquid ground in a bucket that was half full of milk.
They tried hard to swim towards the sides of the large bucket but in vain, they tried hard to jump out of the milk container but couldn't manage to do so. Their fate, it seems, was sealed!
Both of them did not want to give up so easily so they paddled hard with their legs until they were completely exhausted.
Finally, one of them decided to call it a day (or rather a life!). He lay still and waved goodbye to his best friend as his body sank to the bottom of the large bucket of milk.
The other frog was in tears. He had just lost his best friend in the whole world and within minutes it would be his turn to go down. But he didn't want to die. There was so much that he wanted to do.
So he kept paddling and struggling to reach the sides of the bucket so that he could try climbing out and be free from this horrible accident.
After a few minutes of paddling he found that the white liquid was slowly turning into a solid mixture.
He paddled some more and observed that the surface had become solid enough for him to easily jump out of the bucket and onto the fence that was just next to it.
And that is exactly what he did. He used all his remaining strength and heaved himself up into the air, falling squarely with his feet onto the fence. He heaved a huge sigh of relief. He was still alive.
His paddling and constant struggle to survive managed to turn the milk into thick butter that prepared a surface that was strong enough for the frog to launch himself off from.
The moral of the story is to never give up. Most of my students and clients in the past loved hearing this story when I narrated it to them.
However, I have a strangely different moral for this story...
One that most people can relate to directly but sadly wasn't mentioned anywhere inside the contents of the original story.
My moral for this story is to look all around you before you jump up into the air.
Had the two frogs listened to my moral then they would have been wise enough to look all around them first (thus seeing the bucket of milk lying next to the fence) and would have chosen a different place to play on that fateful day.