Parable of the Day: A Group of Frogs Were Traveling through the Woods
There was a pond in the forest and where families of frogs lived. The cold-blooded animals spent too much time feeding on insects such as worms, snails, and slugs.
They enjoyed their cool temperature habitat, and most of the time, they were underwater. One day, a group of frogs went on land in search of other food.
They traveled as a unit through the woods and neared an obstacle that was life-threatening to all of them, but they did not know it until they arrived.
Two frogs fell into a deep pit, and the rest of the frogs were in panic mode as some did not see their friends making it out of the hole.
When the other frogs saw how bottomless the pit was, they told the two frogs that they would not make it out alive from down under, sparking fear in others.
However, the two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit with all their strength. Unfortunately, they could not achieve this on the first try and had to repeat the process more than once.
The other frogs kept telling them to give up and constantly reminded them they are as good as dead, instilling more fear in them.
Seeing that the other frogs continued to scare off the two frogs, one lost hope and took heed of their advice, giving up on his life. He fell and died.
Despite witnessing the other frog falling, the remaining frog did not give up and continued to jump as hard as possible to save his life.
Once again, the other frogs yelled at him to stop trying to jump out of the pit as he saw the other frog dying and told him to stop the pain and just die.
Instead, he jumped even harder, and they could not believe their eyes when he finally made it out of the pit. The other frogs were shocked that the frog made it out safely.
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 to jump out the entire time.
The moral of this story is that there is the power of life and death in the tongue. If you encourage someone when they are down, their spirit can be lifted and make it through the day.
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