Wednesday, April 29, 2009


It reads as follows:

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a rope tied to their legs. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificient animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

"Well", he 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." My friend 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. The powerful and gigantic creature has limited its present abilities by the limitations of its past.

Life the elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our so called MINDSET?

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt...........

CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past..


Sparkling Motivation said...

Wow this is amazing! And it makes a lot of sense. The thing is, we can all relate to it in some way or the other.

It's somehow similar to when you're a kid, and some bullies tell you you're never gonna stand up for yourself, cos back then, you were so weak you couldn't. So when you grow up, you find yourself living with the uncertainty of doing it.

Or when your parents prohibit you to ask questions or argue about something, you grow up feeling unable to extend your questions or arguments.

Thanks for sharing this, good point there.

Anglo-Libyan said...

there is a good lesson for many of us there!
I do not know why but reading this post cheered me up, thank you ibeebarbie :o)

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

a_akak said...

I like the symbolisim here and it shows how things can be engraved in us and how we can be lead to believe something anyway nice story

Hope you and Amira are well

Fe Aman Allah

Rose Bud said...

Very Inspiring. I think we sometimes forget that we are in control.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Sparkling Motivation,
Great examples. Amazing what our minds can convince us of---either positive or negative.

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
I felt the same way when I first saw it. :-)

Welcome PakKaramu!

Salam Ahmed,
I think this is also a nice reminder of how to watch out thoughts and tongue, for we never know what impression or tongue will have on another.

Hope you are well my friend.

Salam Rosebud,
I would agree. It's nice little reminders like this thing that perhaps gets us back on track if we've drifted off.

Benghazi Citizen said...

Our past can be the chains that hold us down ,or the boat that takes us to the other side..
In my 3 decades old existence ,i faced a lot of thing ,a lot of experience ,which devastated my soul ,or inspired me alike..
There is much to be said about the chains of the past and the demons in our heads..
Your post touched a deep ,dark ,dormant area...
\Thank you
till next time

on the edge said...

Guilty as charged . I am bad about that sorta thing .