Wednesday, December 14, 2016

We Create Our Boundries

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, 

confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being 

held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, 

no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at 

anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, 

they did not.

 He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just 

stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” 

 trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller 

we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s 

enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned 

to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope 

can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time 

break free from their bonds but because they believed they 

couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging 

onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because 

we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the 

struggle in life.

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