A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs!
The farmer replied, “There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs — millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!”
So, the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.
The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs.
The restaurant owner said, “Well… where are all the frogs?”
The farmer said, “I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!”
Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it’s probably just a couple of noisy frogs.
If you think you are what your friends and enemies say you are, you obviously do not know yourself at all.
All of us can take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” — Aristotle
One practical down-to-earth effect of spirituality is that, when someone offends you, you can raise your spirits to heights where offences cannot reach.