One day, two frogs were enjoying the day in the barn when they accidently fell into the farmer's bucket of cream, and they couldn't get out. The two frogs kept swimming around to keep from drowning, and every once in a while they would try to climb out, but this was becoming very tiring.I wholeheartedly concur. No matter how desperate a situation may seem, no matter how unlikely it seems to be able to attain the desired outcome by continually struggling, nothing is achieved by simply giving up. And even in the most dire circumstances all hope might not be lost.
One frog kept saying, "This is useless, we should just give up." But the other frog just ignored the comment and kept swimming.
Finally, the pessimistic frog gave up and drowned. The other frog was sad at the loss of his friend, but he wasn't going to give up. He kept swimming and swimming, and, finally, the cream turned into butter and the frog simply climbed out.
This story shows that even if we stumble and others try to pull us down, we've got to keep on swimming because, eventually, the cream will turn into butter and we'll make it out of the pail.
Moreover the striving itself serves to give us purpose and direction in life. No chance of landing that dream job? Well certainly not with a negative attitude. And we can even grant it might be unrealistic even with a positive attitude. But negativity makes failure a certainty. Positivity, even where it fails to achieve the specific goal in mind, gives us hope, gives us something to look forward to, gives us a reason to live even if only to see if our plans come to fruition. And if they don't? Then make some new plans! Always fight, and never never give in!