June 12

The Singing Frog

June 12, 2015

Dating

The other day I was working in my study when I heard a noise outside. It was rhythmic and monotonously repetitive, occurring every three to four seconds. It was loud enough to be quite audible through the wall of the house, so finally I went outside to investigate. Oh, it was much louder outside, and it sounded like the honking of a goose. I followed the sound to the pond not far from the house, where suddenly the sound stopped. After I held still for a minute, the sound resumed, and I crept much closer. But again it stopped. I was intrigued.

I was close enough to the source of the sound that I realized it could not have come from a goose, because I would have seen it easily. So it could only have come from a frog, of a species I had never before heard on our property—not in this small pond, nor in the woods, nor at the lake. Each time I got close to the frog, it either buried itself in the lush growth of vines around the pond, or it slipped into the water, so I gave up the chase. It wasn’t worth the effort to actually see the frog.

Over the next several days, the frog made the same noise, over and over and over, singing for many hours each day. And then I noticed that there were two frogs, then three. This one frog had persisted in croaking roughly 30,000 times before he succeeded in attracting another frog of his species. Astonishing.

If a simple frog can do this, why can we not create a similar success? Once we have experienced the transformation of Real Love personally, we can begin to find others of like mind and heart. We can persist in telling the truth and being loving in a way that is guaranteed to attract people who have a similar interest. And soon we will discover that we have created a loving group, or a loving family, or a loving community. It all begins with us and our diligence in broadcasting the message of who we are—like the singing frog.

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