Swallowing a Live Frog

It is claimed that Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

Actually, the statement evolved from a quotation written by a  French writer named Nicolas Chamfort who said:

“M. de Lassay, a very indulgent man, but with a great knowledge of society, said that we should swallow a toad every morning, in order to fortify ourselves against the disgust of the rest of the day, when we have to spend it in society.”

My “live frog” from Monday to Friday at 8 AM is my time in the “tanning bed” over at Riverside Radiation. It only lasts about 15 minutes, but it is still an unpleasant start to the day. The good news is that on most days it is the most unpleasant thing I will have to do. Plus, there is the satisfaction of knowing that the little green laser-looking light is killing the beast one cell at a time.

The machine rotates around the table, hitting the tumor from 9 different angles. When it is straight in front of my face I can see a distorted image of the mask over my face in the reflection of the glass surface of the machine. It looks like something out of a cheap science fiction movie. The machine begins to buzz, and these little green lights hit my throat making a pattern that is hitting specific spots on the tumor. I like to watch, knowing that the beast is slowly being tortured to death. The radiation renders each cell unable to reproduce itself. Eventually, the whole thing will be sterile. The old cells will die out and none will replace them. That’s the idea anyway. I sure hope it works!

The uncomfortable part is the mask that squeezes my head down to the table making it impossible to move – or to scratch my nose. Why is it that whenever you make it impossible to scratch a part of your body, it automatically begins to itch? I really don’t feel anything from the treatment other than slightly warmer skin on my neck. Over the weeks this will probably become red and sensitive. And, they say I will end up with a sunburn in my throat. So this unique tanning bed tans from the inside out!

The swallow-a-live-frog quote has been used as a motivational tool encouraging people to get their most unpleasant task out of the way first, and the rest of the day will go smoothly. Apparently, Brian Tracy has written a whole book based on this idea. I didn’t get to choose my frog, but I am sure glad I get it over with first thing in the morning. So, what’s you “frog”? What do you need to accomplish first thing tomorrow morning in order to make the rest of the day go well? Is it devotional time? Exercise? An unpleasant conversation? As hard as it is, getting it over first is the best strategy.

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