A bit of frog wisdom...
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and 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 it out. 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. There is 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. A destructive word to someone who is down
can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak
life to those who cross your path. The power of words...it is sometimes hard
to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. So from this
day forward, think before you speak..