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#WisdomTales 28May15 : Against All Odds…

#WisdomTales 28May15 : Against All Odds…

 

A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit.

All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that
it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.

Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible. The frogs continued sorrowfully shouting from outside that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead.

Finally, after a lot of unsuccessful attempts, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows frogs. Spent 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 continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain, and he was completely exhausted. His companions began anew, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and wonder of wonders! He finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit.

Amazed, all the frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?” The astonished frog explained to them that as he fell inside the well from such a height, he lost his ability to hear, he was unable to hear anything they were saying, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering for him on and encouraging him to jump higher and higher.

What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.

Against all odds

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