“Be it so. Everything turned out well. The desire to get through the examination was fulfilled. ” – Shri Samartha Sai Satcharita, Ch. 29, Ovi 122.
A group of frogs was travelling through the woods and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed of what the other frogs were saying and simply give up. He fell down and died.
The other frog however continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. But to the surprise of one and all, he jumped even harder and finally did come out.
When he got out, the other frogs asked him, “Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?”
It was shocking for them to know that the frog was deaf and all the time he actually thought they were all encouraging him to get out. He did not want to disappoint them and therefore did not give up till the end.
It is sometimes hard to understand. 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 time to encourage another.