Life Lessons

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began. No one in the crowd really believed the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

Heard throughout the race were statements such as, “Oh, way too difficult,” “They will never make it to the top,” “Not a chance they will succeed,” and “The tower is too high.”

The tiny frogs began collapsing, one by one—except for those who, in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher. The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult! No one will make it!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up. But ONE continued to climb higher and higher. This one refused to give up!

At the end of the race, all had given up climbing the tower except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

All of the other tiny frogs wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it. They asked him how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal.

It turned out that the winning frog was DEAF!!!!

The lesson is:

There is enormous power in words. Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help him or her make it through the day. Remember that encouraging words can go a long way. Always be aware of the power words have, because everything you hear and read will affect your actions.

Be careful of what you say to others, and never listen to the negative comments or pessimism of others because they could cause you to give up and discontinue pursuing your goal.

Never use destructive, careless words to others, especially to someone who is down. Those words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone’s desire to continue trying. Your unkind words can also diminish someone in the eyes of others, destroy their influence, and have a lasting impact on the way others respond to them.

Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. But it is a special individual who will take the time to encourage another. Be special to others. Encourage one another and build each other up.

Always stay positive and focused. Be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot reach your goal or fulfill your dreams! Continually remind yourself, “I can do this.”

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4 Replies to “Life Lessons”

  1. You hit my in head with this Don…there was someone in the last 5 years (during my PhD) who discouraged me constantly and I wished to be deaf…:-)…Fortunately I do not have to work with that person anymore (I am not upset on him also) and more, I understood how toxic words can be.


  2. Great advice, Don. Thank you. Terrific post.

    As a father, I need to remind myself of these axioms constantly.

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