Once, two frogs were hopping through the forest when they accidently hopped into a big churn of cream. The sides of the churn were so slick and slippery that there was no place to hold on to, so the frogs had to swim in circles to stay afloat.
After a long time one frog said, “There is no hope. We’re doomed to drown in this churn.”
The older frog said, “Don’t lose hope. Life is a circle. There are bad times and there are good times. One must endure the winter to see the spring.”
The young frog was not so sure and he said, “You’re wrong. We’re going to die, I tell you!”
And the older frog said, “We must keep hope alive! For if hope dies, we, too, will die. But if we keep hope alive, we will live to see another sunrise.”
But the younger frog was already starting to lose hope and he began to sink down into the creamy liquid.
“Keep hope alive! Keep hope alive!” cried the older one.
Then the younger one started repeating, slowly at first, “Keep hope alive. Keep hope alive.”
The more they repeated the words, the stronger they felt. And the more strength they had, the better they could swim in circles.
As they swam and swam, around and around in circles, an amazing thing happened. They realized they weren’t sinking any more. The cream had turned to butter!
The two frogs were able to hop off the butter and out of the churn. They landed on the ground just in time to see a beautiful sunrise. The older frog said to the younger one, “Remember my son, life is a circle. Despair may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” And the two frogs hopped away into the woods.