Life Lesson

I came across this story today and it hit me like a load of bricks. WOW. Really makes you think about what you say to other people…

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 yelled to 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 their might. The other frogs kept telling to them to stop, that there was no hope.

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 jumping as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop his jumping and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, (after taking a needed rest) the other frogs clammered, “Didn’t you hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

From this we learn two lessons:

A. 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.

B. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.


You get what you give

The other day, my mom called me and recounted a conversation she had had with my grandmother. The topic of conversation isn’t important, but I hung up the phone ashamed of my mother for being so rude to my grandma. Regardless of your personal feelings of someone, I believe all personal achievements deserve to be praised. Instead, my mother chose to (and i still don’t understand) make fun of this particular individual and make assumptions regarding the motive behind the achievement. She thought it was silly to make such a fuss over an achievement at their age. Maybe it’s just me, but i didn’t realize there was a time limit on accolades for accomplishments. For the past few days, i haven’t been able to get this off my mind. I certainly hope that she is not proud of her behavior.

As it so happens, this afternoon i came across this little story in my inbox. I think it’s appropriate timing is worth sharing. This caption from my daily e-mail from joke-of-the-day.com

A father and a son were taking a walk in the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAhhhhh!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAhhhhh!”

Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!”

He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”
And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!”
Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!”

The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains: “People call this Echo, but really this is Life. It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.

This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life. Life will give you back everything you have given to it.” Your life is not a coincidence; It is a reflection of you.

This is Rex Barker, reminding you that life is a boomerang – you get out what you put in.