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Aesop's Fable - The Hare With Many Friends

A Hare was very popular with the other animals in the jungle who all claimed to be
her friends. One day she heard the hounds approaching her and hoped to escape them
by the aid of her Friends. So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry her away
from the hounds on his back. But he declined, stating that he had important work to do
for his master. "He felt sure," he said, "that all her other friends would come to her
assistance." She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he would repel the hounds
with his horns. The bull replied: "I am very sorry, but I have an appointment with a
lady; but I feel sure that our friend the goat will do what you want." The goat,
however, feared that his back might do her some harm if he took her upon it. The ram,
he felt sure, was the proper friend to ask for help. So she went to the ram and told him
the case. The ram replied: "Another time, my dear friend. I do not like to interfere on
the present occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares." The
Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf, who regretted that he was unable to help
her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many older
persons than himself had declined the task. By this time the hounds were quite near,
and the Hare took to her heels and luckily escaped.

Moral of the story :

He that has many friends, has no friends.

Two Frogs
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep
pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they
were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out
of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were
as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were
saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs
yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it
out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained
to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
Lessons of the story:

There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who
is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. So be careful of what
you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words... it is
sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.

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