Monday, May 18, 2009

Amphibious Ambition and Advice

Today's post is a rerun from when I first started the blog back in September, so hopefully, it'll be new to most of you. I'm bogged down uploading all my data from the weekend ethnography job, and the preliminary editing of contest entries...that's why I'm resorting to re-posting.

Have a great week, y'all, and here's a tip for your journey~~

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition among themselves. 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. When the race began, no one in the crowd really believed the tiny frogs would reach the top.

They said things like, "Oh, wayyyy too difficult!" "They'll never ever make it," and, "Not a chance they can succeed. The tower is too high!" The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one, except for those, who in a fresh tempo, kept climbing higher.

The crowd continued to yell, "It's way too hard! 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 climbing the tower.

After a big effort, he was the only one who reached the top. Naturally, all the other tiny frogs wanted to know how he managed to do it. A fellow contestant asked how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal.

As it turned out, the winner who reached the top was deaf!

*Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart. Always think of the power words have. Remember, what you hear and read will determine your actions, so always be positive. And above all, be deaf when people tell YOU you cannot fulfill your dreams.*


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

There are two type people I stay clear of:
Negative and control freaks! This was a wonderful post Angie!
I always told my children; "can't never could do nothing".

Michelle H. said...

Your words ring true to the heart! I know someone who is both negative and a control freak. It's hard to understand all they work put into being this way. It's so much easier, and fun, to cheer people on and be pessimistic.

This is definitely a post I love.

Sandra Leigh said...

Thank you, Angie. Sage advice.

Wendy said...

That was worth a re-post, especially since I'd not seen it the first time. :D

Good for that little frog!!!
~ Wendy

Marguerite said...

Excellent post and advice, Angie. Thanks for re-posting it.

Jessica said...

Ha! I didn't see that coming but what a great parallel!

Melissa Marsh said...

Wonderful and so true!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, yaaaayyyyy for this, and yaaaaayyyyy for you, Angie! What an encouragement.

Recently i was lamenting to a writer friend about an agent's blog that had depressed me and she said, "Then don't go on that blog."
Oh! Hadn't thought of that!

Deafness can be learned, right?

Thanks, Jen

B.J. Anderson said...

So true! Great advice. I'm going to buy some earplugs right now. ;)

Lady Glamis said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

If you really want to rub my fur the wrong way, start being negative. Especially with my "kids". Not a pretty sight. Great post.

Anonymous said...

Good advice and glad you posted it, Angie!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Love that saying, Carol!

Michelle, you are so right. :)

You're welcome, Sandra, Wendy & Marguerite.

Jessica, I really liked it too.

Isn't it, Melissa?

Hunh? What'd ya sayyyy, Jeanette?? *grin*

Good for you, BJ!

Lady G, my pleasure.

I know you're a positive doer/sayer, Oren. Nothing but cheers and encouragement from you. Yay!

TTWC, glad ya enjoyed. :)

Rebecca Woodhead said...

thanks for that post. Brilliant!

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