One day an army of twenty-two frogs was hopping through the woods. Two were younger than the rest and new to the army. Possibly because they were not as familiar with the surrounding area, these two frogs suddenly fell into a deep hole.
As the army watched in horror, the two frogs tried desperately to jump out of the hole… but it was too deep. Even worse, each attempt they made to escape their fate came with injury and pain, as they repeatedly hit rocks and roots along the wall of the hole
The leader shouted at them to stop! “Stop jumping, the hole is too deep! You’re only making it worse,” he said. “You can’t get out by jumping that way… you should accept your fate; sit at the bottom of the hole and wait. Either you will die peacefully or, with luck, a heavy rain will fill the hole with water and you’ll be able to swim out.”
One of the two young frogs did as he was told, but the other continued his efforts to leap out of the hole, his head and face becoming more and more bruised and bloodied due to hitting the wall.
Soon all of the frogs joined the leader in shouting for the young frog to stop trying to leap out of the hole… but it seemed the more they yelled for him to stop, the more determined the young frog became.
Suddenly, with a mighty leap, the young frog jumped out of the hole!
The army was stunned. The leader said, “We are happy you were able to free yourself from such a terrible situation. But why did you continue to try when we were all telling you to stop?”
The young frog was initially confused. He then said, “Oh, is that what you were all screaming about? I’m a little hard of hearing and I thought you were cheering me on!”