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Suppose you want to boil a frog. How do you do it? You could place the frog into a pot of hot water, but as soon as it feels the heat, it will jump out. So, what can you do? Put a pot of cool water on the stove and then add the frog. Not sensing danger the frog will stay. Next, turn the burner on low to slowly heat the water. As the water warms, the frog relaxes. The warmth feels good. As the water gets hotter it acts like a steam bath draining away energy and deepening the frog's relaxation. The frog becomes sleepy and has less and less energy while the water is getting hotter and hotter. By the time the frog realizes its danger, the water is beginning to boil, and it is too late to take action. There is neither time nor energy left to do anything. The frog perishes in the boiling water.

What is the moral of the story? Be vigilant. Don't let unexpected change creep up on you. Don't become a "boiled frog." Pay close attention to what is going on around you, so that you can notice when the "water" is getting hot.

To be prepared for change you need to be proactive. Don't suppose that things will just stay the same.

Knowing far enough in advance that change is on the way allows you to make plans. Whether it is a career change, acknowledging difficulty in a relationship, or confronting a significant loss, you will be ready when the time comes. Knowing that change is on the horizon allows you to transform it into an opportunity rather than chance being unexpectedly beset by a crisis.

In the modern whirlwind of change, don't wait until it is too late to act. Always be looking ahead. Don't allow yourself to become complacent. Don't become a boiled frog. Keep testing the water, so you can leap before you boil.

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for change."
~ Johann von Goethe

The parable of the boiled frog helps us to understand the key challenge in coping with rapid change.
Merry Christmas in Advance loves.


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