Have you ever been nervous to open something? The anticipation of what you might dare to find inside. And to your surprise it is something totally unexpected.
Let me share a TRUE STORY of an adventure in Mexico...with a trio of frogs and an Angel.
It all begins in a small Mexican village with a family holiday consisting of my sister and I and our husbands. We rented a lovely home with horses grazing on the mountain behind the house, orange trees in the backyard, hibiscus trees climbing the wall, and the promise of warm and leisurely days.
As we settle into the home, my sister remarks that something is wrong with the toilet in their bathroom. It appears to be leaking and perhaps running a bit too long. This calls for more investigation. I am in another room when I hear my sister yell my name in a way that makes me run. I find her and her husband standing in their bathroom with wild-looking eyes. There are frogs in the tank, she says. What? I reply. Frogs, she says. My brother in law nodded his head in agreement. He reaches over and lifts the lid. Yup, there they were, three little frogs sitting on the tubing. How in heaven’s name did they get there? We pondered and discussed but could not fathom the journey they had. After a few minutes of discussion, it is decided I will text our property manager named Angel, and it became very apparent during our stay that he was indeed an Angel.
I have no Spanish except for greetings, ordering a beer, and thanking someone, nothing in the realm of explaining our situation. Thankfully Angel's English is much more proficient. I text a brief message, Angel can you come to the house as the toilet is leaking and we have frogs in the tank. WHAT? Is the reply. Frogs I message back. Angel texts I will arrive soon!
True to his word, Angel arrives quickly. I take Angel into the bathroom, where he lifts the toilet lid and looks up at me with the same shocked wild eyes. There are frogs in the tank, he states. Yup, I reply. We both begin to smile. He scoops up a frog, opens a window, and out it goes. Just then, his young assistant comes in with tools to fix the leak. Angel speaks rapid Spanish to the young man and lifts the toilet lid. With the startling wild-eyed expression that is now the norm, the young man replies something in Spanish. Angel replies in English. Yes, frogs. All three of us are crowded around the toilet, shaking our heads and smiling. Angel scoops out the last two frogs, which are then sent out the window. At last, our new little friends have found freedom.
This story makes me think about how we navigate life. We go about our days, eyes wide open taking everything in. We have it all under control, right?
I imagine the little frogs felt they had their life under control. Swimming along and saw something new to explore, a tunnel. Where could it lead? What could be at the end of it?
As they ventured into new territory, they found themselves stuck unable to turn back.
This can be very similar to when you start a new journey, ready to transform and change when life feels frustrating or unfulfilling. You are excited to get started to then find yourself later questioning your decision with fear.
What if there is no escape?
What if it is worse than where you are now?
How did you find yourself in this situation?
What journey did you take to get here?
Are you afraid to open the lid to what you might find?
Here is what I learned from the trio of frogs.
The leaking toilet alerted us to their plight. The frogs took action by sitting on the tubing out of harm's way and waiting for curious humans to lift the lid. They were calm and did not fight the tank. Instead, they were patient and waited for an opportunity to find freedom.
The opportunity was Angel, who assisted them and set them free to enjoy the big outdoors again.
"Sometimes a life journey requires a decision, commitment, action followed by rest to regroup, and then results."
When the fear of the new decision sets in we may feel stuck. This is a perfect time to check-in and lift the lid.
Is there a pattern you can see?
Do you have a belief that is being uncovered?
What little frogs are waiting patiently to alert you to the learnings at the moment?
Connecting to your Soul guidance, you will access the path, understand the purpose, recognize the obstacle, and confidently see the solution to find yourself free to explore again.
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