The Power of Words

A Kangaroo’s Tale

image by Ken Crane

image by Ken Crane

Two young kangaroos were playing in the forest when they fell into a very deep pit. They tried to jump out but couldn’t jump high enough to get out of the hole.

Meanwhile, a big group of kangaroos started gathering above the pit – the pit was very deep and the gathered onlookers shouted to the two young kangaroos that it was impossible for them to get out. The older one of the two kangaroos heard the disheartening words of the spectators and after a while gave up and fell asleep, whilst the younger kept jumping and trying harder.

It started getting dark in the forest and the group started shouting louder to the younger kangaroo to give up and stop as they believed there was no hope, but the young kangaroo was determined and he continued jumping even harder.

Finally, he managed to jump out of the hole – the spectators were shocked and asked the kangaroo, “When we had told you so many times that it was impossible to get out, what was the reason that you tried even harder?”

The kangaroo was shocked because he had not heard their discouraging shouts from the hole as he was partially deaf. As he couldn’t hear anything in the pit he thought they were all gathered there to cheer him on, encouraging him to jump out. He told them, “looking at all of you standing there cheering me gave me the strength to succeed in my mission of getting out of the pit.”

This is a simple story with a very powerful lesson -Always remember the affect your words have on others. Your encouraging words have the potential to lift someone up and help them in achieving great things. Whilst, your negative words can cause deep hurt. Don’t let your words be the reason that someone is discouraged to continue trying to achieve their dream.

This is a very old traditional tale that my grandmother would tell my sisters and I and I have adapted it – Love Priya

29 Responses to “The Power of Words”
  1. Rombout says:

    Dear Priya, and sometimes it’s just better to be ‘partially deaf’, meaning: learning to shield one’s vulnarability, especially when one has a hypersensitive personality.I also like the kangaroo image, because they are extremely protective towards their newly borns:it takes a long time before they ‘jump out of their mother’s belly nest/pit’, also a way to protect this vulnerability, and eventually come into the world when they feel strong enough. Namaste, Ave, Pax Tibi.

  2. Scott77111F says:

    All diseases need a way to enter the body ; our ears are a far larger portal of entry than we can begin to imagine . So defend you heart from entry .

  3. Theo Ayungo says:

    Great story. Success really is a matter of perspective.

  4. Dances With Crayons says:

    Thankyou Priya ❤

  5. vijaykutty74 says:

    “As you breath you inspire,when you do not breathe you Expire”Though being deaf,the discussion of the kangroo’s outside on the top of the pit,tend to be an hope of inspiration for this younger kangroo which helped him to jump out off the pit.The younger kangroo being deaf took thier negative remark as a sign of positiveness which resulted as a positive hope towards life for the young kangroo,which made it to survive.So the message in short is”Never give up in life”:)

  6. lppaney says:

    very good

  7. Anna Faseth says:

    Ja das stimmt, und in diesem Lernprozess stecke ich eben drin. Es geht etwas länger, da ich nicht mehr so jung bin.Ich brauche Zeit. Danke für diese Geschichte, sie hat mir Mut gemacht.

  8. adi says:

    excellent inspiring tale Priya,that reminds me of thomas alwa EDISON famous scientist and inventor.he was partially deaf too and his persistence to achieve his goals was most remarkable just like the younger kongaroo.edison had also quoted once that his deafness helps to concentrate better under public scepticism. Keep writing and keep inspirig people

  9. Dark horse says:

    words can inspire us…help us…comfort us…satisfy us…they have the power of taking us to a level of oblivion marked by eternal happiness…..

  10. Juan García Santana says:

    With great respect I made a translation into Spanish because the “automatics” translations do not reflect the real content and so many people could not read this beautiful story.

    El poder de las palabras
    Por Priya Sher
    Dos canguros jóvenes estaban jugando en el bosque cuando se cayeron en un pozo muy profundo. Trataron de salir fuera, pero no podían saltar lo suficientemente alto como para salir del agujero.
    Mientras tanto, un gran grupo de canguros comenzaron a reunirse por encima del pozo – el pozo era muy profundo y los espectadores se reunieron y gritaron a los dos canguros que sería imposible para ellos salir. El mayor de los dos canguros oyó las palabras desalentadoras de los espectadores y después de un tiempo se dio por vencido y se quedó dormido, mientras que el más joven seguía saltando y tratando con mayor empeño.
    Finalmente, se las arregló para saltar fuera del hoyo – los espectadores se sorprendieron y preguntaron al la canguro, “Cuando te habíamos dicho tantas veces que era imposible salir, ¿cuál fue la razón por la que trataste aún más?”
    El canguro se sorprendió porque, como él era parcialmente sordo. Él les dijo:
    “Mirando a todos ustedes allí animándome me dio la fuerza para tener éxito en mi misión de salir de la fosa.”
    Siempre recuerda el efecto que tus palabras tienen sobre los demás.

  11. Rahmath says:

    This is a great story. I will remember this lesson. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Dear Priya,

    This story shows how powerful words can be. They can have a positive effect on someone, they can even motivate someone but they also can destroy someone, they can erode someone’s self – esteem. Verbal communication is very powerful!

  13. Hi Priya,

    This is just wonderful. I am loving this.



  14. Marie says:

    Beautiful story, I guess it’s good to learn not to “hear” negative words from others. We need to learn how to “turn a deaf ear” to their negative comments and just keep trying.

  15. meispatch says:

    Great read… thank you!

  16. Renjith says:

    Nice and encouraging Story…

  17. Amit says:

    what a wonderful story it was…

  18. trinidad says:

    as i read your blog, it makes me realize that somehow and someway, I have a moral responsibilities towards the people around.

    Thank You for making me realize…

  19. sonal says:

    Thank You Priya for such a wonderful story.

  20. Priya Sher says:

    Thank you to everyone for their kind encouraging comments.

    Kind Regards


  21. analiza says:

    I am really touch.. for sometimes I saw my image unto the older kangaroo, I am young and I urge to catch my determination as well as to be who I am on whatever decision I make.:)

    thanks Priya’

  22. Mike Hopkins says:

    Yes, so true.

    Kindest regards,

  23. Mas Didik says:

    Good story.. Words really have power.

  24. bhairavi says:

    I have read all your stories and they inspire me to remain focused n motivated.thankyou from the bottom of my heart.god bless you.

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