A story I loved as a child was about two frogs who were playing leapfrog. What else?
But by mistake they jumped into a large vat of fresh cream. Finding no foothold they started swimming to avoid drowning. But one of the frogs was just too tired. He couldn’t take it and he croaked to his friend that he was finished. And sure enough, he sank to the bottom of that vat and died a miserable death. He really croaked.
But the other frog missed his friend, of course, saddened by his loss but he kept right on going persevering, swimming, persevering, persevering, swimming with determination. Here we go. He kept right on going. With perseverance and determined strokes he had churned that cream into butter and hopped out.
Source | As told in the film Loving Annabelle
Those who don’t give up and persevere may be in for a pleasant surprise!
A student assigned to write an essay about an effective leader wrote this story:
“I’ve been taking a bus to school for years. Most passengers keep to themselves and no one ever talks to anyone else.
“About a year ago, an elderly man got on the bus and said loudly to the driver, ‘Good morning!’ Most people looked up, annoyed, and the bus driver just grunted. The next day the man got on at the same stop and again he said loudly, ‘Good morning!’ to the driver. Another grunt. By the fifth day, the driver relented and greeted the man with a semi-cheerful ‘Good morning!’ The man announced, ‘My name is Benny,’ and asked the driver, ‘What’s yours?’ The driver said his name was Ralph.
“That was the first time any of us heard the driver’s name and soon people began to talk to each other and say hello to Ralph and Benny. Soon Benny extended his cheerful ‘Good morning!’ to the whole bus. Within a few days his ‘Good morning!’ was returned by a whole bunch of ‘Good mornings’ and the entire bus seemed to be friendlier. People got to know each other.
“If a leader is someone who makes something happen, Benny was our leader in friendliness.
“A month ago, Benny didn’t get on the bus and we haven’t seen him since. Everyone began to ask about Benny and lots of people said he may have died. No one knew what to do and the bus got awful quiet again.
“So last week, I started to act like Benny and say, ‘Good morning!’ to everyone and they cheered up again. I guess I’m the leader now. I hope Benny comes back to see what he started.”
Source | Michael Josephson in What will Matter
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Be aware that your presence, your attitude, your composure and your words or discerned silence can make or break, enhance or diminish the spaces we inhabit.