Lessons From the Frog About Change
I realize frogs might not be the most snuggly symbolic topic, but I love them so much! Why? Well, aside from being ridiculously adorable (hey, what can I say? I dig the creepy-crawly creatures), they are signs of change and transformation.
Many years ago, I underwent some tremendous challenges with personal relationships. Negotiations with colleagues were deteriorating, friendships were falling apart and family connections were suffering from severe disagreements. I kept on wondering what the hell was wrong and what was going on?
In the middle of all this interpersonal chaos, I got a visit from the Prince Charming of Change..yup…a frog! Lo and behold, an amicable amphibian ambled close to me and proceeded to perch in my presence for what seemed an eternity. We watched each other and pondered the ways of the world.
Frogs and Signs of Change
That dear froggy-friend reminded me to pay attention to the signs of change, and in fact, life is a procession of transitions. The frog was a trigger to remember that change happens, and it should be taken as it comes. Very often that means recognizing the fluxing waters of life can sometimes get icky and muddy…but we have the choice to adapt instead of getting stuck in the muck.
Frogs are signs of change in that they exemplify the importance of going with the flow when it comes to changes (within ourselves and our relationships). I mean, the frog starts out life with a tail! What!?! Yet.. it absorbs, transforms, and adjusts in order to move forward in life. Is it still the same frog? Yes, indeedy it is. However, it is also changed and more adept to deal with external challenges. This got me thinking about the ever-changing nature of human behavior.
The frog helped me understand we can all modify. We can rise above, improve, adjust, adapt….but at our core…I think that nugget of true ‘self’ is nestled within us like a little frog. I often think the only true hope we have for genuine transformation is when we authentically accept our inner froggy (tail, slime, adaptations and all).
In other words, my frog visitor helped me see the importance of snuggling with my inner frog, coming to terms with transition and learn to love it – warts and all. Contrarily, ignoring the fidgety frog within may cause sad, soggy bottoms of the soul that lead to personal rot. Not good.
This was an essential lesson the frog shared with me and illustrations about how to flow with the signs of change. Sometimes personal conflicts have nothing to do with who is at fault, or what’s gone wrong. Sometimes relationship issues are more about the need for transformation and change rather than blame.
Questions the Frog Asks During Signs of Change
- What is your inner frog saying to you?
- What is your inner frog saying about your relationships?
- Is it time for change? How do you feel about change?
- Can you allow for evolution in partnerships and personal connections?
- How can fluctuation in friendships and family relations be seen as positive change (instead of stressful conflict)?
In conclusion, I hope my personal frog experience and the lessons that sweet baby taught me about heeding the signs of change are helpful to you. Furthermore, I hope your own personal transformations go swimmingly well and prove to be illuminating. May the froggy force of flux be with you!
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