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Mental berocca

“Tonight’s mental berocca item made me think about your latest blog posting.”

I wasn’t all too sure what my daughter was talking about.

I heard the word berocca and I immediately visualised an orange tablet effervescing in a glass of water. I was familiar with this. At that moment I could taste this drink. It is my instant energy burst. Some mornings I really need a berocca to help me get going. What did this have to do with my thoughts on living passionately?

“What on earth is ‘mental berocca‘?” I asked her.

“It is a slot on the radio at about 5.30pm for people as they are driving home from work,” she replied.

“It is usually a story of some kind which makes you think,” she replied. “There is always some kind of message associated with the story.”

“Oh, okay,” I responded.

She then proceeded to tell me the story of the frogs climbing a tower…

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. 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.

The race began.

No one in the crowd really believed the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.

Throughout the race people were busy making statements such as:

“Oh, WAY too difficult!”

“They will NEVER make it to the top.”

“Not a chance they will succeed; the tower is too high.”

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one – except for those who, in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher.

The crowd continued to yell: “It is too difficult! 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!

At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

All of the other tiny frogs wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it.

They asked him how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal.

It turned out that the winning frog was DEAF!!!!

Be deaf to the negative words of others

The moral of the story is …

Don’t listen, or more explicitly, be deaf – to the negativity of others.

Don’t listen to people who want to put you down because your passion and enthusiasm scares them. Very often they are themselves very insecure and the only way they feel any good is by making others miserable and putting them down.

Be who you are, and who you want to be.

Stand tall, lift your head up, and go for it.

Words can be very destructive. Don’t allow the words of others to destroy you and your dreams.

At the same time remember to always be encouraging and supportive of others. Watch your own words. We all have the potential capability to hurt through words. Once the words are said they can’t be taken back. Do everything you can to not hurt or break the spirit of another human being. Keep thinking how you would feel if these words were being said to you.

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