One day, in a far away land, a little girl was skipping stones with her little frog friend, holding a lollipop and singing to herself. The frog suggested they go swimming. "But I don't know how," said the girl. "Don't worry, just jump and as soon as you hit the water I will grab your hand and we will swim together." She was afraid but she trusted her friend. She closed her eyes and jumped. As she sputtered and struggled and did her best to keep afloat she reached around for the frog. He wasn't there. She popped herself up and wiped her eyes just enough to see his back as he walked away. "Hey! I thought we were in this together!" He called back over his shoulder, "Sorry kid, I knew you wouldn't jump if i told you I was leaving. You'll have to do this one on your own. I hope you don't drown." And with that, he was gone.
She panicked for a minute. She saw her life flash before her eyes. She sucked in enough water to drown the titanic. Then she stretched out fully, waiting to die, and found that her toes could touch the bottom. She was really only a few feet deep. She splashed a little closer to shore, where she stood up and felt rather silly. She slopped out of the water. She picked her lollipop up from the bank where she had dropped it and skipped away.
* Sometimes, when you're sure you're drowning and alone, you just have to reach out a little further than you think you can to find that you can stand on your own two feet just fine.