Here is a story about two frogs in a bucket of milk that had no hope of survival. That is until one frog decided that he was not going to give up. Here is their story. I hope it gives you encouragement to face whatever difficulties you are dealing with now or in the future.
Two Frogs in the Milk
This is the story of two frogs. One day, while searching for food, the frogs accidently jumped into a bucket of milk. They couldn’t get out, as the sides were too slippery, so they were just swimming around and around.
The first frog said to the second frog, “Brother Frog, there’s no use paddling any longer. We’re just going to drown, so we might as well give up.” The second frog replied, “Hold on, Brother, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out.” So they continued paddling for hours.
After a while, the first frog said, “Brother Frog, there’s no use. I’m becoming very tired now. I’m just going to stop paddling and drown. It’s Sunday and nobody’s working. We’re hopeless. There’s no possible way out of here.” But the second frog said, “Keep trying. Keep paddling. Something will happen, keep paddling.” Another couple of hours passed.
The first frog said, “I can’t go on any longer. There’s no sense in doing it because we’re going to drown anyway. What’s the use?” And the first frog stopped. He gave up. And he quit struggling in the milk. But the second frog was determined and kept on paddling.
Ten minutes later, the second frog felt something solid beneath his feet. To his astonishment, he saw that he was resting on a lump of butter which he had churned by his continuous paddling! The successful little frog leaped out of the milk pail to freedom.
—“Two Frogs in Trouble,” by Natalie Hale
from fable told by Paramahansa Yogananda, adapted