The Frog & The Scorpion

Some of you know the following tale: 
In the forest there was scorpion who was caught in a terrible fire. The only way for him to survive was to cross the river to get to the other side, but the scorpion did not know how to swim. He noticed a frog and asked him for help, “Can you carry me on your back to the other side of the river? I do not know how to swim.”

The frog looked at the scorpion and responded, “ You are a scorpion, as we cross the river you will sting me and we will both drown.” The scorpion, looked so scared and vulnerable, responded “I promise I won't, I really don't want to die in the fire.” Everything one of the frog’s natural instincts told him not to do it, but the scorpion sound so sincere and looked truly fearful for his life. How could the frog live with himself knowing he let the scorpion die when he had the power to save him?

“Ok” said the frog, "climb on my back and I’ll carry you to the other side." So the scorpion climbed on the back of the frog, thanking him profusely. As the frog reached the middle of the river, the scorpion stung him in the back. As the frog began to sink he cried out “why did you sting me? Now we will both die!” The scorpion simply replied “ I’m sorry, I couldn't help it. I am just a scorpion.”  
What does this tale want to teach us? That people do not change? That we must be familiar with the nature of things to avoid injury or death? To follow specific roles and archetypes in order to survive? That we are who we are no matter what?

Wrong! Believing and accepting the inability to evolve is a destructive and limiting point of view. The core of nature is growth. To evolve is to live, to stagnate or decline is death. Human beings always have the capability to stimulate growth through the development of new skills (both physical and intellectual). The current state of a person merely indicates where they are presently, and does not reflect what they are capable of achieving.  All it takes to reach a higher state is a clear vision of what they wish to achieve, and the will to execute on that vision. If one's will is strong enough, the discipline required to keep on going will follow. Every life has a better and higher version of itself.

But the tale of the Frog and the Scorpion is not all that bad, it still has something to teach us if we look deep enough. Through understanding the nature the scorpion (ourselves), we see a path of growth. Knowing who we are, being conscious of the good and bad, understanding what motivates, influence, and stimulates us, we can begin to identify strategies for us to develop and evolve. Yet change does not occur overnight, regardless of how great our will. We must understanding that growth is a slow process, and one that requires constant vigilance.

Learn, train, develop, evolve, and grow.

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