Posted Sep 02, 2014
Many years ago a friend of mine was moving from a large home in the country to a smaller one in town. She gave me a few items, including her garden pond, complete with a bull frog.
Since that summer the pond has become home to many more frogs. Each springtime they leap off the edge of the pond into the water when I come near but as the season grows they become increasingly comfortable with me.
The first few years I had the pond I installed water lilies and enjoyed watching the frogs sitting on them. After a few seasons, however, the lilies overran the pond and without a considerable amount of maintenance they completely dwarfed the pond. I replaced the lilies with a tree branch and the frogs love it!
In my mind a bull frog is the epitome of Tao - it just is. Sitting with my frogs reminds me to be calm, to keep perspective, to relax, to be in the moment. They are little monks dressed in frog suits.
My frog pond is the center piece of my yard. It is low cost, high yield, and its happy habitants are a constant inspiration and joy to everyone who visits.