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Friday, March 03, 2006

Engineer Instructs, Technician Fixes!

My mother-in-law forwarded to me this letter through email yesterday. Don’t look back, it’s mother-in-law, you do not read it wrongly. The little froggy story is not very special, but I want to “re-tell” this story today. Indulge me. It’s a happy story anyway.

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs … who arranged a running 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 ….

Honestly: No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:

“Oh, way too difficult!”

“They will never make it to the top.”

“Not a chance that 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!

Then all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it it?

A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out …

That the winner was DEAF!!!

The wisdom of the story is:

Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic… because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you … the ones you have in your heart!

Always think of the power words have.

Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!


Always be …. Positive!

And above all:

Be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams!

This little froggy story ends with this –

To the world you might be one person; but to one person you might be the world.

You have been tagged by the froggy, which means you are a great friend!

Yes, someone is celebrating birthday today. Not my mother-in-law, it’s her son’s birthday, and my significant other.

I have always told my children that birthday is another of the special days when you remember God and your parents. Remember this Psalm?

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
You made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast upon you;
From my mother’s womb you have been my God.
(Ps. 22:9-10)

I will praise thee
For I am wonderfully made.
(Ps. 139:14)

Yes, thank you, mum, for the wisdom in the froggy story. You have given me a froggy that always says, YOU CAN MAKE IT. IT’S SIMPLE. JUST LISTEN TO INSTRUCTIONS.

Yes, he “instructs”. One day, Rachel asked, “Daddy, you say you are an engineer, why is it that mummy always repairs the faulty things and fixes the bulbs?” To which the daddy answers, “Engineer instructs, technician fixes.”

To the engineer, thank you for allowing me to experiment with all that’s in life, giving me the space to grow all these 20 years!

Happy Birthday.

2 comment(s):

So you're the technician in the house? I'm sure you are doing a fine job and don't need the instructions. ;)
Happy Birthday to your engineer! Have a great day celebrating with the family :)

By Blogger dobbs, at 10:44 am  

Lovely story:)

By Blogger YingKs, at 2:01 pm  

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