The story goes about a group of bunnies traveling thru the woods, when two of them fell into a pit. All the other bunnies gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate bunnies they would never get out. The two bunnies ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other bunnies kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the bunnies took heed to what the other bunnies were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other bunny continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of bunnies yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other bunnies asked him, “Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?” The bunny explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time. This story teaches us two lessons:
- An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make.
- A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.
Today, why don’t we pay attention to our words–before we speak them. And here’s an even BIGGER challenge: if your words have been destructive toward anyone lately, use the words “I’m sorry” to make it right.