Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
Your weaknesses or bad habits can become such a part of you that you begin to think that they are you. Did you ever hear the story of The Frog and the Scorpion?
Once there was a frog and a scorpion who both wanted to get to the other side of a river. It was no problem for the frog. All he needed to do was jump in and swim to the other side. It was a different story for the scorpion, however, because he had no way to cross the river by himself.
So he asked the frog for help. “Say Frog, would you be willing to allow me to ride on your back across the river?” he asked earnestly.
“Are you kidding?” the frog answered. You’ll sting me and I’ll die! No, I won’t help you.”
“But wait,” the scorpion pleaded. “Just think. If I sting you and you die, then I would die too! So why would I do something that would hurt both of us?”
The frog thought about it and the scorpion did seem to make sense. Finally after much hesitation, the frog said reluctantly, “OK, do you promise not to sting me?”
But about half way across, the scorpion began to feel an irresistible urge rising from deep within. Suddenly, without warning, he stung the frog.
“Why did you do that?!” the frog exclaimed in stunned amazement? Do you realize what you’ve done? Now we’re both going to die!”
“I know,” the scorpion apologized.
“But why?” the astonished frog continued to ask. “Why?”
“I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it” gurgled the scorpion, sinking below the water. “It’s just my nature.”