Whenever it’s required, we should definitely react or respond to changes surrounding us. Now, what do I mean by this is, many times we keep adjusting and adapting the things unwillingly either by poor decision making or by just letting it go.
Let me share with you one interesting story and you can relate to the fact.
Once an Indian restaurant owner was roaming in France. And there he ate boiled frog legs. And he loved it.
He suddenly made a decision to include this dish in his restaurant and to make his restaurant as a global one. Actually, he had that vision, to grow higher, to take a step ahead in making his restaurant a big one.
He immediately met the chef of that restaurant to know the secret recipe of boiled frogs.
Now, he explained to him the recipe, with all the ingredients and things to fry the frogs after boiling.
He gave him the condition.
He mentioned that you should not kill the frogs and put the spices and boil them. They have to be alive and boiled.
Then the rest spices to be included in the recipes. This is the only way, you get that delicious taste, as they are boiled, fresh, and alive.
OH !! I can’t even imagine the scenario.
Anyways, now this Indian guy, returned to India, with all the excitement and dreams to make the announcement to the customers and to his staff that they would be serving such international dishes too in their restaurant.
The day arrived when they were actually introducing the dish to the people.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, they have many frogs collected in a pot. And, in other pot, the Indian chef had kept the water for boiling.
No-one had any idea what would be the results of it. The owner himself was present there.
As the boiling point of waiter reached, the chef poured all the frogs in that boiling water.
And guess what, now, each and every frog immediately jumped out of the pot and ran and hopped here and there, making the whole kitchen a complete mess.
Of course, the owner lost his temper, and the next day he flew to France again to meet that chef.
He met him and told him the whole story.
And the chef laughed out loudly.
“You Idiot !” he said to the Indian.
“How can you put the live frogs in boiling water?”
“You said you have to boil them alive”
“Of course. That’s true. But that’s not the way you did it” he said.
Then he explained the boiling frog theory to him.
It goes like this:
You have to put them in a pot filled with pleasantly normal water and gradually heat it.
The frogs will remain in the water until it boils them to death.
He was surprised to know it.
What happens is, when the change in temperature is detected by a single frog, he sees that the other frogs are absolutely normal. So he does not react. (Practically, as the temperature of the water rises, the frog adjust its body temperature accordingly. )
After some time, another frog detects something strange in the water, but he does not respond as no other frog is reacting to the change. (Even though every frog is thinking the same way)
And at a certain point, when water reaches its boiling point and the bubble is created, one of the frogs raises the alarm that this is going in a dangerous direction and the water is going to boil, they all decide to jump.
But now no one is able to move, as they have lost their entire energy in adjusting their body temperature to that of water.
And unfortunately, they’re already half-boiled!
And with this inability to move, they get served hot and fresh, with some tasty spices in the dishes.
There’s big learning in this story. In fact, they’re two different aspects of learning we can take from the story.
Respond to changes:
First, even if you’re alone, raise your voice against the wrong, though they seem to be very small at that moment, we have to respond to changes. Or you would get boiled alive.
Maybe everyone in the crowd is thinking the same way, but as no one is raising their voices, others just adapt the things.
But one day we wake up and find ourselves in boiling water.
Whether in your professional life, social life, or in personal life, make the decision fast and jump off. We all need to adjust with people and situations, but we need to be sure when we need to adjust and when we need to confront or even move out/ on. And believe that there’s always a way out of every problem.
Also, we need to speak up whenever needed and save the crowd.
We have to learn to make decisions quickly.
There are times when we need to face the situation and take the appropriate action.
Second, if we really want to make a big change in certain parts of our life, then that change has to be introduced gradually if it has to be successful.
It’s an aspect of human psychology: we tend to accept things that creep up on us slowly but steadily.
Maybe it sounds out of the context of today’s post.
But that’s what I learned from the story.
Anyways, we have to carefully react or respond to changes and decide when to jump or adjust.