By: Author Unknown
A number of frogs were travelling through the woods. Two of
them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered
around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they
told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out
of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept
telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs
were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.
The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could.
Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the
pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made
When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear
us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He
thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story teaches two lessons:
1. There is the power of life and death in the tongue. An
encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up
and help them make it through the day.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be the
push over the edge. Be careful of what you say. Speak
life to those who cross your path. Anyone can speak
words that can rob another of the spirit to push forward
in difficult times.
Thank you once again to Deans’ Stroke Musings for more food for thought.