|THE TALE OF THE FROGS
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 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 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.
This story teaches two lessons. 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. A destructive word to someone who is down can
be what it takes to kill them.
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