Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond
Stuart Avery Gold
Newmarket, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he delightful tale of the '
' of Ping the frog reminded me of Sufist multi-layered teaching tales like Idries Shah's
Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin
. You can delve into them again and again, at different stages in life, and uncover new veins of meaning. And anyone who has read the
(co-authored by Gold and Ron Rubin) will find many familiar notions in
he book's cover calls it '
a parable about change, overcoming obstacles, and making a leap of faith
'. It begins '
Once upon a place ...
', a shrinking pond where dwells '
an incredibly gifted jumper
' named Ping. The pond turns into mud, propelling Ping towards change. He chooses to live
, and leaps into the unknown. Luckily, he encounters a mentor, a wise, enigmatic old owl, who reminded me of Yoda when he said to Ping, '
Persistent you are
', and of a Buddhist monk with utterances like '
You must find your own way
' and '
The unknown is always.
hough he lightens his fable with humor (as in the description of '
'), Gold incorporates valuable lessons, and he doesn't minimize the challenges, obstacles, and downright catastrophes that life can throw one's way. He concludes by wishing his readers '
a leaping love-what-you-do, do-what-you-love life.
' This little book makes the perfect stocking stuffer for teens to adults on your gift list.
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