Should Have Known

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Have you ever done something without much thought and later said to yourself, “I should have known this would happen”? We all have, and here is a fun story about a scorpion and a frog who should’ve known.

One hot night in a Louisiana Bayou, a shiny black scorpion approached a big green frog. The water was deep, and the river was wide, but the scorpion needed to get to the other side. He asked the frog if he could hop on his back and get a ride since scorpions can’t swim. The frog thought about it, but then he said, “I would give you a ride, but you have a bad reputation for a terrible sting. If I take you to cross the river like you’re asking, how do I know you won’t sting me on the journey?”  The scorpion said, “You can’t believe everything you hear, plus if I sting you on the journey, and you die, then I’ll die too. So there is nothing to worry about.” The frog thought for a minute and decided it would not make sense for the scorpion to sting him in the water, so he agreed to give him a ride. As they started out across the pond, the frog suddenly felt the deadly sting of the scorpion’s tail.  The frog screamed, “Why did you do it? Because you are going to drown too! “The Scorpion was laughing as he said to the frog, “Because it’s in my nature, that’s what scorpions do! You shoulda known!”

Something to Think About
The frog was correct. He knew it was a bad idea, but he allowed himself to be influenced and paid a high price. Sometimes others will do things that don’t make sense to us, but it’s in their nature, and it’s what they do.

Weekly Activity
There are lots of things that we know we should or should not do. Maybe it’s something to do with diet, exercise, or work habits. It can be anything. This week do something you should do or stop doing something you should not do.

Words of Wisdom
Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient. – Steve Maraboli

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare. – Angela Duckworth

The oak fought the wind and was broken; the willow bent when it must and survived. – Robert Jordan

‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. – Henry Ward Beecher

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. – Jodi Picoult

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