“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” Swami Vivekananda
The Encouraged Frog… Three young frogs, yet unwise about the ways of the world, were out one day exploring their surroundings. They came to a dairy and boldly entered it to investigate. There was a bucket, and curious to learn more about it, two of them jumped right in. Splash! The third frog, a tad timid, only jumped onto the top rim of the bucket and looked down at his two comrades now struggling below to jump out of a white substance. Neither of them knew it was milk! As they pedaled away, desperate to climb out, he shouted down to them, “You’ll never make it. Face facts and prepare to die!” But self-preservation is the first rule of life for humans and animals alike, so they continued to struggle for as long as possible. The frog on top continued to shout down, “You’ll never make it. Give up and die peacefully”. Sadly, one of the two struggling frogs started to repeat the words of discouragement… “Give up. You’ll never make it…” Soon enough, he could not continue and disappeared below the surface never to be seen again. Contd Below!
Condemn None… Encourage Others: We spend many hours a day around other people; interacting with them in some way or the other. It would be fantastic if we developed the habit of using that opportunity to encourage others. In the absence of encouragement, despair can set in unless we stay strong. More below!