POWER OF SPEECH
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two them fell into a deep pit. What the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop and they were as good as dead.
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 to jump as hard as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop.
He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”
The frog explained to them that he was hard of hearing. He thought they were encouraging him.
This story teaches us two lessons. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift him up and help him (or them) make it through the day.
A destructive word to someone who is down can kill him.
Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. 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.
BUILDING YOUR HOUSE
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the pay cheque each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said, “yes”, but overtime it was easy to that his heart was not in the work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior material. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house.
Then he handed the front door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house…my gift to you.”
The carpenter was shocked
What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently. But you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “ Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude and choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely.
(Compiled from Net and published in The Tribune of 11th July, 2009.)