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The Elephant Rope


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Elephant Rope

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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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/6/2012 12:22AM

    What a great story and how very true it is!!! We need to break free of the chains/ropes that bind us and do the best we can...knowing that we can do it!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LORRAINE10141 10/4/2012 6:48PM

    This is sad but true. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/4/2012 3:52PM

    This is a very special blog. Thank you. This is what I needed to read tonight!

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PAMNANGEL 10/3/2012 11:42PM

    We must become rogue elephants and break free of ourselves!

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BEARGODDESS 10/3/2012 10:49PM

    I love this analogy!! emoticon emoticon

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SAL1512 10/3/2012 10:42PM

    That is a timeless story! Thanks for sharing.
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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/3/2012 9:35PM

    Good Analogy!

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