The Deaf Frog

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A group of frogs was traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit.

Story Frog

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 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.

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Moral of the Story:

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.

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A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him or her.

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

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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.

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“Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts…”― Robert Fulghum

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“Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities.”― Rodolfo Costa

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