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Frogs and stroke rehab



I told you I can correlate anything to stroke rehab.

This came from Maree of Australia and I had to share

Two Frogs

By: Author Unknown

A number of frogs were traveling through the woods. Two of

them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered

around the pit. When they 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 of 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.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is the 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.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be the

push over the edge. Be careful of what you say. Speak

life to those who cross your path. Anyone can speak

words that can rob another of the spirit to push forward

in difficult times. "Acceptance" is a destructive word.

This matches my blog on being a 'bad patient'.


Now if we could get our therapists and doctors to help us out

of the pit rather than standing on the sidelines yelling, 'You're in denial'.


And another;


We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.

Mao Tse-Tung


And another;


The phrase itself is borrowed from two quotes from Mark Twain:

- “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.”

- “If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.”

Not sure how to take these, but I think it is - tackle the large and distasteful things first.


And another;



By Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka

I think it was Mark Twain, author of the American classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, who said that there are two ways to boil a live frog. The first involves heating the water until it boils and then throwing in the frog. It is likely the frog will feel the heat and jump out. The second involves putting the frog in a pot of cold water and then slowly heating up the water until it boils. He asserts that the frog will not realize the slow increase in temperature. It will change its body temperature to balance with the surrounding environment. By the time the frog realizes the water is too hot, it would have been boiled to death.

:yadayada: :blah_blah:

Now this is a metaphor, I take it to mean - Ask for your worst diagnosis all at once so you can rail against it and jump into action, rather than just meekly listening to your doctor describe the therapies you will need to go thru and not understanding the effort involved.

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Dean, there is a motivation needed to increase the effort, boiling water will motivate the frog, slowly heated water will lull the frog into thinking summer is coming.


My dear husband has been slowly going downhill, has no motivation to exercise, does not see sugar as his enemy so his diabetes gets out of control. Because he feels tired after he walks he does as little walking as possible. It is the slowly heating water...or slowed down activity..that will kill him in the end.


Maybe one day we will learn not only how to teach people to exercise but to inspire them to do it also.



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