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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 at first and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might.

The other frogs kept telling them to give up, 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 had mud in his ears and couldn’t hear them. He thought they were encour­ag­ing him the entire time.

This story is a reminder that our words have immense power, they have the power to encourage and to discourage.

How we interpret them also gives them power.  We can respond to words of discouragement and just give up, or we could listen to those who cheer us on and achieve greater things than we could have possibly imagined.

Which words do you use with others?

And how do you interpret the messages given to you?

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