An encouraging story/thought

  1. I got this from one of the e-mail groups I'm on and thought ya'll would like it as well.

    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 unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. 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 simply 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 and gestured wildly at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue jumping? Didn't you 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 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 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.
    Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.

    Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another.

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  3. by   ggfifirn05

    That is a great story, and so true...there is always time to give a kind word, and it means so much to people...Thank you for sharing with us!
  4. by   2ner
    Thanks, Cheryl! I loved that story....Emailed it to all of my friends and loved ones.
  5. by   PJMommy
    Oh Cheryl! Thank you! My daughter is deaf so this story has a very special meaning to me (and it made me cry!). This one is definitely going in my "keeper" file.

  6. by   RNIAM
    Awesome post! I wish more people would head this advice!