Dr. Tae Yun Kim shares this story to show what happens when we can't let go of our weaknesses. And, we also can't be arrogant to think that getting rid of something that has been a deep part us, would happen without a lot of effort and persistence.
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?"
"Of course, I promise," the scorpion replied, and happily jumped on the frog's back. So off they went into the river.
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."
In my own journey of self-discovery I find some of my weaknesses seem like such a part of me, they could never be overcome. But, Dr. Tae Yun Kim always teaches us about patience and persistence, especially that my thoughts create my reality.
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