POINT TO PONDER
"Who can guess that precise moment when your world is going to change?"
In the course of writing these Friday Reflections, I receive good stories from the readers; reflections of their own from their experiences. Roger from Costa Rica recommended a book by Stuart Avery Gold: Ping, A Frog in Search of a New Pond. It is simple, short and worth one hour of reading that returns over the course of a lifetime in learning.
Here are a few excerpts from the book:
Introduction: This is the story of Ping, a frog who ignored the signs of his pond drying up around him, and is stuck in the mud. Forced to leave his home in search of a new pond, he's unprepared for his journey and many challenges he confronts. Then he meets Owl, an insightful teacher who shares his wisdom, guiding Ping towards his goal.
Ping represents everybody who has encountered a setback or is struggling with change. Owl is the mentor who helps him find meaning and leap to new heights. Engaging in its warmth and simplicity, Ping's tale inspires us to lead a life with purpose and intention, to take risks and persevere, and show us the limitless possibilities that can result.
Quotable Quotes from the book:
The dream does not begin unless you do. Too many wait for just the right time and just the right place to act.The very act of waiting actually pushes the desired event away. You must do in order to be.
Risk converts opportunity into reality. A failure to take risks will result in failure to experience your destiny.
Change-real change-is unsettling. When change happens, it can create the kind of fear that can hold of even the most confident of frogs. Fear of change can grip and grab and seize you with such strength, it can paralyze you. But only if you let it.
As an old saying goes "the only thing constant in life is change." And with the rapid changes that the technology revolution of last forty years has brought about, our surroundings and lives are changing at much faster pace than ever. Even the mightiest of empires and once most stable of organizations are not spared from the massive waves of change. I highly recommend this book Ping. It gives an enlightening points to ponder about coping with change and risk taking.
(Roger is 2/2 for good recommendations; his previous recommendation, in 2004, was the book called Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Link to Ping Site: http://www.stuartaverygold.com/ping.htm)