While travelling in a jungle, two frogs, out of a group of many, fell into a deep pit. The frogs outside the pit told the two frogs that they were as good as dead and should not try to come out.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried their best to jump out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop as “they were as good as dead”.
Finally, one of the frogs felt discouraged and exhausted. Therefore, he gave up and fell down dead.
The other frog continued to jump with greater spirit. Once again, the crowd of frogs screamed at him to stop the pain and die. He, however, started jumping even harder and finally made it out.
When he got out, the other frogs asked, “Did you not hear us?”
The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him all the time.
Yes, there is enormous power in encouraging words. Our encouraging words can lift someone up and help him or her make it through the day. Our discouraging words can hurt others; they may be the weapons that destroy someone’s desire to continue trying. Our words of kindness, praise or encouragement do wonders to people with lowly spirits. We have to listen to our heart and respond positively.
Also, we have always to be careful of what we say to others, especially with people with whom we come in contact every now and then. Just as we don’t like to hear negative comments and discouraging words from others, others too don’t like such words from us. We should be liberal with encouragement and should make things seem easy to do.
Let the other person know that he has faith in his ability to do things. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take pains to encourage another.