by Karem Barratt -www.journeyingsoul.com
There was once a frog called Sappy who loved music and songs, but, unfortunately, had a very poor singing voice. This, however, did not stop Sappy from singing. In school he created a rock band, then a pop band and he even tried to organize a choir. All these projects seemed to work fine as long as they were seen as a bit of fun. But when Sappy tried to take them to the next level and turn them into professional bands, things would fail -miserably. Sappy couldn’t put his finger on it. The music and lyrics were great (he should know, since he composed and wrote them); the musicians were good; the places they play at were popular, so Sappy didn’t understand why his projects were not successful. Until one day, when his best friend, Gordon the toad, told the truth to his face: Sappy couldn’t sing.
Sappy was gobsmacked at these news. And to be honest, he was a bit cross with Gordon. But ever the optimist, Sappy decided that, if that was the problem, all he had to do was fix it. So Sappy when to Mrs. Nightingale singing classes. After two years of practicing his Dos and Res, Mrs Nightingale took Sappy aside and spoke clearly to him: although he had improved much, the truth was that Sappy was not a good singer, as simple as that. Sappy was very sad after that. Eventually he became a swimming coach, married Sandy frog, had loads of tadpoles and live
d what many would call a pretty decent life. And although Sappy was overall happy, there was something missing, something that stopped him from feeling truly, really himself.
Time passed and Sappy was now a mature frog, with some white spots over his eyes. One day, as he jumped around the pond, he met one of his old band members, Robbie. As they talked and put each other up to date, Robbie asked Sappy if he still was in the music business. “Nah, I can’t sing,” said Sappy matter-of-factly. “No, but you were a great song writer,” said Robbie. “Maybe, but I really wanted to sing,” replied Sappy. “But you loved music so much. Why focus in what you cannot do instead of what you really good at? If you were to write songs, you would work with singers and musicians and bands. You would be working with music, your true passion.”
Sappy realized that Robbie was right. He jumped home and told Sandy that he was quitting his coaching job and was going to start writing songs from that night onwards. It took some time, some convincing and some tree knocking. But it wasn’t long before different bands were singing Sappy’s songs, up on the trees, down in the ant hills, floating on a lily pad. And as Sappy’s grandchildren came to visit the coolest granddad in the pond, singing his latest hit, Sappy felt truly complete. He was doing what he was born to do. And it felt wonderful.
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