How often have you been deeply upset, angered and hurt by someone else’s less than favorable opinion of you, of your behavior, your work, your parenting skills or something related to some other part of your life?
If you have, then read on…
The Story Of The Tiny Frog 🐸
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who got together to arrange a competition to reach to the top of the highest tower in town.
As the date for the competition was announced, the news spread everywhere and crowd in large numbers gathered around the tower to see this interesting competition and cheer on the contestants. The crowd did not really believe any of these little frogs were going to make it to the top of the tower. Yet they were curious…The competition began, the frogs quickly started to ascend and the crowd cheered!
As a few moments passed, someone from the crowd shouted, “Not a chance that they will succeed! The tower is too high!” Another spectator said, “Yes, they will never make it to the top. It’s way too difficult!”
As the competition continued, some of the tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one… tired… exhausted… But the race continued… as those who still had the fight left, passionately continued to climb higher and higher…In the excitement and anxiety the crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult. No one will make it!”
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up. They all continued to give up one by one, until there was only ONE little frog left in the competition who continued to climb higher and higher and higher…
This one wouldn’t give up!
This one tiny frog who, after a big effort was the only one who reached the top! This little soul was the winner! He made it! He got the glory!
Naturally, eveyrone wanted to know how this one tiny frog managed to pull it off when every other contestant gave up. They wanted to know how this tiny frog had found the strength to reach this goal that everyone else thought it was impossible. So, they asked questions.
It turned out that the winner was deaf!!
Whether we want it to be so or not, we all have the need to be cheered, encouraged, empowered, be appreciated and accepted. Often we don’t recognize that the approval and acceptance that we crave for and need,is of just one person- ourselves.That is truly the missing piece.
Self-approval and self-acceptance can make all the difference..lack of which can leave us feeling very vulnerable to the opinion of others and the abundance of which can make us resilient enough to use those opinions as feedback to be used for what is helpful and empowering, leaving the rest behind.
Let’s affirm: I love and approve of myself just the way I am! And everyday I am learning, growing & evolving into an even better human being. My life is a joy! And so it is.