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Would You Pass On A Message From A Frog?


Marlon was sitting quietly at a riverbank. He was enjoying the view of moving water until a small green-coloured frog hopped on his lap.

“Hello,” the frog said.

“Huh? You can talk?” Marlon was wondering if he was hallucinating.

“Yes, I can talk. You seem surprised,” the frog responded.

Marlon giggled nervously and said, “It is not every day that I come across a frog that speaks.”

“I never came across another frog who spoke either,” replied the frog. “So, that would make me one of a kind.”

Marlon and the frog both laughed; the frog laughed because he thought that he was being humorous and Marlon laughed because he thought that the frog’s statement about him being one of a kind was funny.

“Have you spoken to other people?” Marlon asked.

“No, you are the first,” the frog said.

“I feel honoured,” Marlon said.

“You should be,” was the frog’s reply. “Today is your lucky day because I am going to pass on a secret to you ― the meaning of life.”

“Really?” Marlon responded.

“Yes, but I will only tell you under one condition,” the frog said.

“And, what condition is that?” Marlon asked.

“You will have to tell other human beings about what I told you today,” the frog answered.

“Okay, it’s a deal. I will pass on what you have told me to other human beings,” Marlon said.

The frog hopped on Marlon’s right shoulder, tiptoed and whispered the secret of life into his right ear.

Marlon was surprised at how simple the meaning of life was; he said to the frog, “I was expecting it to be something more complicated.”

“Let me guess, you were expecting it to be more like a Ph.D. dissertation, right?” The frog asked.

Marlon’s response was, “Yes, something like that!”

The frog looked at Marlon and said, “Life is simple. Only humans believe that it is complicated. Now it is time for you to keep your promise; you have to tell other human beings what I whispered here in your ear today.”

“And, if I don’t?” Marlon asked.

“You will go completely deaf in your right ear; you will never be able to hear anything in it again,” was the frog’s response.

“Okay, it does not look as though I have much of a choice now,” Marlon said. “I will pass on your message to other human beings.”

The frog winked his left eye and said, “Have a nice life,” and then hopped into the water and swam away.

A Special Announcement From Renard

This blog post is part of my What If series ― one where readers get the opportunity to tell me what they would do if they were faced with a particular situation.

This fictional series is also meant to be lighthearted; it displays the playful, yet very thoughtful side of the author.

So, with that out of the way, it is time for you to play along.

You Might Disregard The Frog And Choose To Go Deaf In Your Right Ear

Truthfully, it would be somewhat difficult to pass on a message from a frog because of your fear of being perceived as insane by others.

So, to prevent others from viewing you as a crazy person, you make up your mind to go deaf in your right ear.

You think to yourself, “I have two ears; I am not going to be completely deaf. I can use my left ear to do all of my hearing.”

Giving up the ability to hear in your right ear would be a horrible decision.

Dr. Mandy Mroz’s article, Why Do We Have Two Ears? will highlight the importance of being able to hear in both of your ears.

So, passing on the frog’s message despite being perceived as a nutcase by others would be the wise thing to do (Your hearing in both ears is way too important for you to part with).

You Might Do As The Frog Says

If you are the type of person who does not care what people think of you, you will pass on the frog’s message (After all, you did agree with the frog to share the meaning of life with others).

The interesting thing about that is that the majority of the people you passed on the frog’s message to will think you are crazy because frogs do not talk (The only talking frog that they know is Kermit the Frog ― a puppet from Sesame Street).

And, let us not forget, that there would be a select few who would believe what you told them.

You Pass On The Meaning Of Life Without Telling Them That The Message Came From A Frog

From a technical standpoint, the frog never told you to name him as the messenger; all the frog did was ask you to pass on his message.

So, what do you do?

You pass on the message, of course (If you do not pass on the frog’s message, you are going to suffer complete hearing loss in your right ear).

You might choose to pass on the meaning of life on a radio or television program; you might say something like, “I was sitting on the riverbank contemplating the flow of the water when I guy named, Fred, told me the meaning of life and asked me to pass it on to others.”

Remember, the frog never gave you his name. Therefore, you can make up one with the intention of making others believe that the message came from an actual person and not a frog.

All the frog wanted you to do was pass on the meaning of life to other human beings (And, you did as promised).

And, the best part of all is that no one thought you were crazy and you did not lose your hearing in your right ear.

Final Thoughts

What would you do if you were in Marlon’s shoes?

I would love to read all about your decision via my blog’s comment section.

And, thank you for joining another What If series on Renard’s World.


36 thoughts on “Would You Pass On A Message From A Frog?

  1. If it’s a green-colored frog, I will stay away from it. Common green-colored things kind of have this bad rap in them. I did research and wrote a piece about color psychology and discovered some profound things.

    A green frog sometimes symbolizes peace and tranquility, according to

    But the creature also reminds me of Pepe the Frog who became a symbol of hatred, according to Forbes.

    There are just too many downsides to – try searching “being green meaning”.

    Awesome post!

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      1. I want to but I don’t want to.

        There is truth to what the frog said about life.

        But passing on his message would defeat the purpose of sincerity.

        There’s a reason why someone talks in parables and does not get to the point right away.

        I’ll just have to take the frog’s teachings and pass it on when someone asks of it or when it makes a good answer to someone else’s query.


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  2. Renard, I’m so surprised that you knew already about the frog that spoke to me yesterday! I’ve spent all day today spreading his message on each of my platforms, even by phone and word of mouth. The secret to life he wanted me to share can be summed up in one word: connection. Please pass on this message. Thanks!

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  3. I would pass on the message and tell my friends it was from a frog. They wouldn’t think I was any crazier than usual so simple ask for me. hehe

    Also where can I find this frog? Because I would like to know the meaning of life. I need to check if it is the same as the one I already know. “Nothing really matters.” When I share this, people seem to think I am very nihilistic/pessimistic. But I find it totally freeing. It gives you space to create what matters to you and center your life around that and I find that to be very beautiful.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me.

      It is nice to know that your friends would not think of you any crazier than usual.

      In regards to the frog’s whereabouts, it is hard to say; he does not stay in one place for long.

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  4. It would depend on what the frog told me was the meaning of life. And whether I believed him or not. If I really believed what he said I would share it and if people thought I was crazy – so be it! Knowing me, if I didn’t believe it I would still tell people but say “You won’t believe what this crazy frog told me. How ridiculous is that!” So, either way I would be considered crazy!

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  5. Hmm what to do – I’d definitely pass on the message – apparently I have very good hearing so I wouldn’t want to lose that – but maybe I’d make it sound like a story so they wouldn’t think I’m crazy but I would have to tell about the frog. If they think I’m crazy, I’ll just laugh along with them. I think it would be interesting to see how many people do anything with the information.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I love your approach, Brenda.

      Most people will open up to the message if it is in the form of a story.

      You might be surprised to find out that your story might galvanize a few people into action.

      Thank you for playing along.

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  6. If I actually had a conversation with a frog, I would be too excited not to tell somebody. I think most people would be too traumatized or excited not to tell.

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  7. I would pass on the message and not reveal the source. With that said, if I revealed the source, many might think I was just being silly which isn’t of consequence for me.

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  8. The frog said 🐸:

    β€œDon’t believe everything what you hear from others. Instead believe and utilise your own learnings from life.

    This is the meaning of life.”

    And Marlon decided to ignore frog’s words. He had the stemina to run long races.

    So he participated in marathon, and broke previous world record, winning the gold medal.

    Once Marlon’s best friend was confused to receive too many advices on choosing a suitable home loan. He took his friend to a well qualified home loan adviser.

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