In The Beginning There Was!
How many times I was told that I would never manage to do something or other. I was brought up to believe that we should all know our place and not to get big ideas about ourselves.
I remember when I started to try and gain enough qualifications to gain university entrance. How many times I was reminded of my dismal performance at school. "Don't get big ideas you will never manage."
I am sure I was not alone in this experience.
It is very easy to be negative in our reactions to others and what they are trying to achieve. This reminds me of the rather funny tale of the frogs trying to climb to the top of a mighty tower.
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants...
The race began...
Honestly, no-one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:
Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
"They will NEVER make it to the top".
"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"
True enough the tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one... Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher...
The crowd continued to yell
"It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up...
...But ONE continued higher and higher and higher...
This one wouldn't give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked the tiny frog how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal?
It turned out...
That the winner was deaf.Sometimes we have to have selective hearing and not allow the negatives of others, how kindly or otherwise meant, to put us off achieving.