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The Two Frogs

by Coach Phatty (writer), North Jersey, September 06, 2013

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Frogs

Sometimes what you say can be the difference between life and death.

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

Lessons 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. So 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.



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By riginal on September 07, 2013 at 03:32 am

Yeah Coach, well said. I'm going to ring Australia's new Prime Minister tonight and tell him i am extremely disappointed he won. But you see pollies usually turn a deaf ear...so he'll probably take that as encouragement? Great to see a kid 'light up' within when encouraged. Praise certainly is a great motivational tool for young and not so young.

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By Credo on September 07, 2013 at 05:28 am

If you're ever sick in the hospital, pray you don't get a visit from a pessimist, they will certainly bring your health down to a dribble. This article speaks volumes to one of my experiences.

Excellent rhythm of thought ....

:)Credo

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By Barbara MacDonald on September 07, 2013 at 08:17 am

This actually inspired me to write a story for my grand daughter years ago...The Purple Frog...it became so special to us both and she always insisted I tell her it before we slept when she had a sleep over with me ....Years later, she made a book of it at school and gave it to me for Mother's Day ...I treasure this so much.

The lesson is powerful....words are sacred to me... they can heal...but also destroy...be mindful always what you speak...

Thanks Coach, well done. :D

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By riginal on September 07, 2013 at 08:26 am

Ditto Credo,indeed,some of the 'bedside' manners of newly trained/experienced doctors, are atrocious. One wanted to cut a piece off my bone infected foot and he was pointing to the wrong foot! I guess when you're around sickness it just becomes the norm,"we're going to cut this and that off"without a scant thought of a patient's feelings but then i guess their scant time doesn't include the premise they're not talking to a piece of meat or a side of beef. They do a wonderful job though and so do the nurses. An African guy, a woman, and me, were clowning round all the time talking and laughing. A guy requested to be shifted from our ward...he said he couldn't sleep because of us. He said he felt sick (probably of us).

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By Coach Phatty on September 07, 2013 at 08:51 am

Riginal...and do you know why that guy in the hospital wanted to be moved out of your ward? Because he was probably a pessimist and loved to wallow in his own self-pity.....sad.

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By riginal on September 07, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Yeah Coach, i tried to cheer him up by saying "i counted 8 visitors,you are very popular..." He replied, "they're my kids!" At least he got on well with his missus. He was a hair dresser,the 'silent snipper'? They moved an Indian chap in and his missus brought her own pots of food and the ensuing banging went on all night...i think it was the pots?His missus was absolutely devoted to him, she stayed nearly all day and half the night. Nice couple.

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