Two frogs were leap-frogging through the woods when two of them fell into a deep pit. When they didn’t show up for lunch a large search party was sent out to find them. Eventually they were able to locate them. All the frogs gathered around, and when they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.
The two frogs ignored them and kept trying to jump out of the pit with all their might. The frogs at the top rim of the pit kept telling them to stop, that their efforts were futile. Finally, one of the frogs accepted what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He collapsed and died.
However, 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.
The other frogs gathered around him asking, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained that he was practically deaf, and he thought as he observed their waving and flailing of their arms and hands that they were cheering him on the entire time!
Thoughts to ponder on: Be careful what you say – encouraging words to someone who is down can motivate them, but destructive words when down can have a devastating effect. Your words can save lives.