TOAD OF WISDOM - Part 2
a pause, which allowed the persons in the group to consider his answer, the
Toad said, “What is your second question?” One of the men eventually and
humbly replied, “May we have a share of your
rock so that we can have some of your
strength and wisdom?”
The Toad breathed in deeply, his
chest expanding and exposing its great magnificence, before again relaxing and
reducing the Toad’s great stature. The Toad gently replied, “No - it is mine.”
His eyes followed the changing
expressions of the assembled listeners. He paused, then, added kindly, “But you
can have your own rock of strength and wisdom.”
“How can we do that?” his audience asked in
“I have answered your two questions”,
the Toad replied.
“Please tell us,” the group pleaded.
The Toad answered, “No, you
must look inside yourself for the answer.”
And that is what each person did, and
when they had searched hard and deep, each found their own personal rock.
have found,” the toad explained, “is your
own rock of strength and wisdom. I could not give it to you.”
“But you have, you have,” each member
of group excitedly pronounced together. The Toad croaked then smiled.
The wise creature spoke quietly yet assertively. “No,” he said. His voice was
deep, warm, assuring and with a musical quality that filled the air.
The toad took a deep breath and
said, “It was inside you all the time. I just helped you find it.” C .Paul Davies.