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Kissing The Frogs

Updated on March 3, 2016

Have You Kissed A Frog Today?

You know the story. The princess searches the world for her handsome prince, but, alas, cannot find him. When she meets the distraught, crying frog, her kiss of compassion turns him into Prince Charming, they fall in love, and live happily ever after. When the princess puts aside her own agenda, and focuses on the poor frog's pain, a transformation takes place. This simple fable has a powerful message. If we act with love and compassion, and reach out to help, blessings will follow.

The most memorable sermon I had heard was delivered at a Lenten retreat. The priest opened his talk by asking, "Have you kissed a frog today?" He proceeded to talk about people we see every day, people who may be hurting, or carrying a burden, or who need to feel the kind touch of compassion from another human being.

Who are the frogs? We need only look around to see that the "frogs" are everywhere. Frogs are the widows, widowers, the single people, the elderly, the sick, the lonely neighbor, the working mother, the overworked father, neglected children, the homeless, jobless, the person sitting next to you in church, perhaps, or on the bus. Hurting people are all around us.

How can you kiss a frog? You might extend an invitation to a widowed or single neighbor to share a meal with your family. You could visit a lonely shut-in or elderly person. A card or note to your child's teacher, thanking her for the selfless and creative way she teaches, or to your church's spiritual leader to show your appreciation for the way he/she serves your community. A kind word and smile to the cashier at the supermarket can make her day. When we look around with eyes of compassion, we will see the frogs are everywhere. They are in our church, at the ball game, at the grocery store, at work, and even at home.

We often overlook the frogs who are closest to us. When was the last time you thanked your mom or wife for a meal she has prepared, or told your dad or husband you appreciate all he does for you? Have your ever tucked a note into a child's lunch, telling her you are thinking about her, and you are glad she is your child? Even telling that person who has hurt you that you forgive him can be a kiss.

Proverbs 15:23 tells us, "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good it is." We all need to hear words of affirmation. Everyone needs a compliment now and then. Even something simple works, such as, "I like the way you practice your piano lessons without being told, it's sounding better each week."

Use Your Gifts And Talents To Reach Out

My favorite way to "kiss a frog" is by sending a note or card. There is something special about the written word. It can be carried close to the heart and read again and again. Often it is easier to write the things you have difficulty expressing verbally. My dad loved me dearly, I know by how he spent time with my brother and me when we were growing up, and how he helped and guided me through my turbulent teen years, and was always there as I became an adult. He found it difficult to say the words I love you, however. On my birthday just before he died, he sent me a card signed, "Love ya lots, Dad!" I still have that card, and cherish it to this day.

My friend had not heard from or spoken with her brother in years. Hurt and resentment had caused a rift in their relationship, and neither had made the effort to reconcile. Finally, she had decided it was time to heal. She wrote him a simple letter, asking forgiveness for any pain she may have caused him, and telling him she forgave him for past hurts he had caused. He arrived at her home two weeks later, with a warm, forgiving hug. What healing had come from that one little note.

Some of the little frog "reminders" in my house and garden.
Some of the little frog "reminders" in my house and garden.

Go Out And Kiss Some Frogs - How You Can Bless Someone Today

What are your gifts? How can you best reach out to the hurting people in your life? Perhaps you have a knack for reading stories, and can spend some time reading to children and elderly patients in a hospital, or can spare some time to sit and listen. Do you like to cook, or sew? Homeless shelters are always looking for people to help out. If you play an instrument or sing you can brighten someone's day by sharing your talent or voice. Something we can all do is smile. When you smile at someone, even a stranger you pass by, you are acknowledging they exist; you are sharing a tiny piece of yourself with them. It really is amazing how a simple smile can have such an uplifting effect.

In our busy lives, we often overlook people, or even avoid them and look the other way. We are focused on our agendas, trying to get places and work through our to do list. Perhaps we can challenge ourselves to take a moment to kiss just one frog today. Then tomorrow, maybe two. By the end of the week, I am certain we will be looking for people to bless. I know when I open my eyes and heart to the people around me, I can find so many ways to soothe their inner frog.

One of the wonderful things about reaching out to others Is knowing that we are serving the Lord and filling our baptismal call. Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40.

I have little ornamental frogs around my yard and in my house and office at work. These little frogs serve as reminders to care for the people I will encounter each day. They challenge me to find ways to kiss the frogs in my life.

Have you kissed a frog today? Who are the frogs you see each day? How can you brighten their day?

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    • sunkentreasure profile image

      BERNARD LEVINE 

      5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      BLESS SOMEONE TODAY By BERNARD LEVINE

      Bless someone today with words of kindness

      Do something nice for a friend

      Sow seeds of encouragement into a stranger's heart

      Tell your loved ones you greatly adore them

      Make someone's day precious and beautiful

      Give God praise for His greatness

      Strengthen your companion with fruits of joy

      Add faith to your neighbour's life

      Bless someone today and remember - Jesus loves you.

      © Bernard Levine

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, you're so sweet. And thanks for visiting.

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      Janet 

      7 years ago

      Lynda, What a beautiful hub, and this article is so right. You are a very talented person with all that you do, including your cards. I amamzed at how you find the time to do so much. There are not enough people like you in this world and we need to thank God for the people like you there are. God bless.

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      DoodleLyn 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      You're so right, Preciousgirl. Most of us have been frogs at one or many times. I think, having been there, we can relate to what the frogs around us are experiencing, and we are more empathetic to their needs. Thanks for stopping by. I have not written here in a few months, due to lots of personal "stuff" (mostly good), but your comment has got me thinking about coming back. Thank you!!

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      Preciousgirl 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks DoodleLyn - you know i think when we think about it, we are all or have been at some stage frogs ourselves...but it's the Love of God that compels us to think about others...as William Booth always said: OTHERS! I am single and oftentimes feel very lonely at church, there aren't many like me there! But then I look to the widows who, like, me feel lonely too. Even a frog can be a blessing to others and in actual fact, when a frog comes to me I am humbled and grateful. I would rather a frog then someone who thinks they've got it all figured out!

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Indanila,

      Great, go forth and bless. Thank you for stopping by!

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Indanila,

      Great, go forth and bless. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Inda Blackwell 

      8 years ago from Hampton Roads

      I think I'll go out and kiss a frog today!! Be a blessing to someone else! Thanks for the hub:)

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Thanks, mecheshier. Glad you stopped by for a visit. Thanks for the compliment.

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      mecheshier 

      9 years ago

      cute pictures... love the article

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Thank you Army Infantry Mom! You are very kind. I just read one of your hubs, and I can say the same about you! Blessings..

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      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      This is an great hub,..and the thoughts you put into was Awesome. I only wish the world had more people like you !!! HOOAH !!!!

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Thanks, ljrc. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I know, it takes a purposeful effort to actually look around and SEE people when we are out and about. I am constantly trying to remind myself that we are not in this (world) alone. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Laura Cole 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Wonderful hub! I enjoyed reading it and also made me realize to look more carefully when I go out. thanks

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Hi Ripplemaker - Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. I'm glad you liked it. I love HubPages because of people like you out there kissing all of us frogs.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is such a heartwarming hub. A wonderful reminder for each one of us to reach out to someone today. Thank you so much! Love and light... :-)

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Shalini - Thank you for reading my hub, and your kind comments. You're right, when we kiss a frog, we not only make their day, but we make our own as well!

    • DoodleLyn profile imageAUTHOR

      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Feline - Thank you. I hope you will be kissed by a frog! Thanks for stopping by.

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      k@ri - You're welcome, and thank YOU for stopping by and reading my hub, and your kind comments. Happy frog-kissing!

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Thanks so much, Jill. You just kissed a frog! Thanks for your kind comments and encouragement.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      What a heartwarming hub - thank you for reminding us that we need to kiss some frogs and make their day and ours.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      DoodleLyn what an inspiring hub...I hope I can be part of someone's fairy tale today! :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      I am off to kiss some frogs! What a beautiful and inspirational hub this is!!! Thanks for the words of wisdom! :D

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      jill of alltrades 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I love this hub! I really like the way you write. Beautiful!

      I think I'll go kiss more frogs!

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Oh, thank you emohealer. What kind comments and so encouraging. I am so happy that you received a blessing from my hub. And what an honor that you want to share it with others. I think you must be a frog-kisser!

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      slyrn - You are a special friend. I have been on the receiving end of many of your frog-kisses!

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      Sioux Ramos 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      What a blessed hub. Thank you for blessing my life today and spreading the Word for appreciating and sharing our blessings with others. I will be sharing this hub. Superb job of bringing it down to the basics where it really counts!

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      slyrn 

      9 years ago

      Now that I read this, I do remember this article, cuz you were writing about me!!You are so right, we (me) often focus on our trivial problems, when there are so many bigger ones out there. I know, when I kiss a frog, my problems often diminish.

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Wow, thank you dprof6. You are right about the message being central to any religion. I sense your disappointment with the church. Wherever one chooses to worship there will be human foibles and disappointments. Catholic, protestant, Jew, non-denominational, all are run by human people, and humans will always let us down. That is why God gave us His Word, so that we can know Him. Just know that God knows our hearts, and be open to His leading and He will direct your path. So, now I will get off of MY soap box and humbly thank you for your kind encouragement.

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      dprof6 

      9 years ago

      Fantastic column Lynda! It's been a long time since I was a "good Catholic" (what the definition of that is debatable, but church-going/narrow minded/hypocritical comes to mind) but your writing focuses on the right aspects of any religion... that being the MESSAGE. If it weren't for the bueaucractic idealogues intimidating the majority or parishioners...the Church might have something the youth could see as a viable belief system. I'll get off my soap box for now and again give you praise for your piece. I'm just thankful to have such a consistently positive and giving person as a member of my family...keep writing!

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Oh, thank you Lea. We'll have to catch up and you can fill me in on what's going on. Welcome to HubPages. Thanks for stopping in to read my hub.

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      Lea Simmons 

      9 years ago

      Lynda you never cease to amaze me. I love your writings, I have been thru a lot lately and your words are such a help, great job................Lea

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