Monday, February 4, 2013

A Matter of Perspective

When I was a consultant I came across this story and instantly fell in love.  
It has such a powerful message!  
I used to read it to my groups and I always got choked up.  :) 

 I wanted to share it with you, too! 

Please enjoy The Frog Story and let me know what you think!  

The Frog Story

A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, 
going about their froggy business, 
when two of them fell into a deep pit. 

All of the other frogs gathered around the pit 
to see what could be done to help their companions. 

When they saw how deep the pit was, 
they agreed that it was hopeless 
and told the two frogs in the pit 
that they should prepare themselves for their fate, 
because they were as good as dead.

Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, 
the two frogs began to jump with all of their might! 

Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, 
and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation 
if they had been more careful, 
more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.

The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting 
that they should save their energy and give up, 
since they were already as good as dead!

poor frogs!

The two frogs continued jumping with all their might, 
and after several hours of this, were quite weary. 

Finally, one of the frogs 
took heed to the calls of his fellow frogs. 

Exhausted, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, 
lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died.

The other frog continued to jump 
as hard as he could, 
although his body was wracked with pain 
and he was quite exhausted. 

Once again, his companions 
began yelling for him to accept his fate, 
stop the pain, and just die.  

The weary frog jumped harder and harder and, 
wonder of wonders, finally leaped so high 
that he sprang from the pit!

Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his freedom 
and then gathering around him asked, 
"Why did you continue jumping 
when we told you it was impossible?"

The astonished frog explained to them 
that he was deaf, 
and as he saw their gestures and shouting, 
he thought they were cheering him on!!!!! 

What he had perceived as encouragement
 inspired him to try harder and to succeed 
against all odds!!

This simple story contains a powerful lesson. 

Your encouraging words can lift someone up 
and help them make it through the day. 

Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; 
they may be the weapons that destroy 
someone's desire to continue trying

Be the light!  Be conscious of your words.

Speak kindness to others AND to yourself!!

Love to You!


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  1. I love this so much Kristie ! I have never heard bit before ;) so true right!!!

  2. love this story!! thanks for sharing!