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- Be An Encourager, The World Has Plenty Of Critics Already! - June 16, 2017
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I once heard a very interesting story about a group of frogs who came across a deep pit while passing through a forest. Two of the frogs mistakenly fell into the pit. Seeing how very deep the pit was, the rest of the frogs told them that it is impossible for them to come out since they can never make a jump that high. Nonetheless, the frogs didn’t give up. They continued trying to jump with all their might, but in vain. The frogs outside kept on telling them to give up already and not waste more energy since they were already as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Demotivated and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief.
But the other frog just wouldn’t give up. Despite being overly exhausted, he continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had. The crowd started yelling at him to stop trying and give up already. But the frog jumped harder and harder and finally made a jump so high that he made it out of the pit. Amazed at this, the crowd asked the frog that what made him not give up. The frog told them that he was deaf and seeing their gestures and shouting, he felt encouraged. He did not want to disappoint them and therefore did not give up till the end. It was their encouragement inspired him to try harder and finally make an unimaginably high jump.
What this story teaches is how powerful an impact can our words have. Our encouraging words can lift someone up and make their day. It might be the source of motivation that helps them make through an otherwise awful day. Likewise, our destructive words can cause deep wounds. They can destroy someone’s desire to keep trying and make them feel worthless.
Always have something positive to say to others. Your little brother who had been practicing really hard for this basketball match, but ends up loosing it; tell him it’s no big deal. So what if he lost the match, at least he had fun playing it, and the practice really polished his skills. And besides, he can always try again next time. Encourage him, tell him that he is one of the best basketball players and that you believe in him.
Your friend who hasn’t been able to make through the semester, tell him it’s not the end of the world. He just needs to try a bit harder next time, manage his time wisely and he’ll make it through because you know he can. Tell him that you have faith in him. Build up his confidence and show your support through your words, because words literally are powerful. It is said that there is power of life and death in the tongue.
Be generous in compliments. Appreciate if someone has done some good. Encourage someone who is having a hard time. Express your care for others verbally as well as through actions. Let’s never be too busy to stop encouraging others. Even a simple and short sentence or word of encouragement could lift someone’s spirits far beyond what you could ever imagine.
“Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.”