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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 unfortunate frogs they would
never get out.

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit.
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 simply 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 suffering and just die. He jumped even
harder and finally made it out.

When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why did you continue
jumping? Didn't you 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:

1. 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.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to
kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross
your path.

The power of words ... it is sometimes hard to understand that an
encouraging
word can go such a long way.

Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue
in
difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to
encourage another. Be special to others.