One thing that I have learned is that if you don’t control your own thoughts and force yourself to stay positive, its extremely easy to get caught up in the negativity that seems to prevail and govern our society. So to try to stay away from adopting a negative mindset I try to read and listen to as many positive stories and messages as possible. One of the stories I read recently that happened to stay with me was the story about the Elephant and the rope and I couldn’t wait to share it.
The story is about this guy who was walking past some elephants one day that were extremely large, and because the size of the elephants the man was baffled by what he saw. As the man was walking he suddenly stopped, he was confused by the fact that these 5,000, 10,000, 15,000 pound creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg which was tied to a wooden stake that was hammered into the ground. How was this possible the man thought. How could something so large and powerful like a 10,000 pound elephant, be held captive by something so small and frail like a small rope? No big heavy steel chains were necessary, no cages were necessary. The man couldn’t believe this. It just didn’t make any sense to him. It was obvious that the elephants were big and strong enough that at anytime THEY CHOSE could simply start walking and they could easily break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
Seeing this site baffled the man. He needed to know how this was possible. He needed answers, so he saw the elephant trainer nearby and he asked the trainer why these large, massive, extremely powerful and strong creatures just stood there and made no attempt to get away even though they could easily break away and free themselves anytime they so chose. The trainer explained to the man, that when the elephants are very young and much smaller around 150 pounds or so they use the same size rope and tied to a stake hammered into the ground to keep them in place. When they are that age the small rope is enough to hold them. While they are little and As they are growing up they whine and they tug at the rope and some even try to chew at it to break free. No matter what they do to try to try to escape, the rope holds them back. After a few years of trying and failing the elephants are mentally conditioned to believe that as long as they have this small rope tied to them they will never be able to break free. They believe that the rope can still hold them, so by the time that they become big powerful massive adults they have given up and they don’t even try to break free anymore.
The man was blown away. These large powerful animals could at any time break free from these bonds that were holding them back, but because THEY BELIEVE that they can’t, they don’t even bother to try anymore. Eventually the elephant gives up and the fight is over. From this moment the elephant decides to just give in because in its mind, it will never be free.
Reading this story brought an interesting question to mind. How many of us, as big and powerful and as mighty and as powerful as we are, who are capable of amazing and mighty feats, are being held in place by small tiny ropes. How many of us have tried to pursue goals or dreams and maybe it didn’t work out on the first try, and we are walking around saying “well, I tried once and it didn’t work out” but have never bothered to try again? How many of us have said “what’s the use in trying? I’ll never be able to ___.” or “Every time I try to ___, something goes wrong” or “I don’t have a college degree or the right connections” or “I don’t have this or that, I will never be able to ___.” How many of us tell ourselves this stuff and as a result we never even bother to try to move from where we are. We accept limitations that exist only in our minds and we become captive and a prisoner to our own thoughts.
I’m here to tell you that our own thoughts are but a small thin rope tied to our mighty legs. When WE SO CHOOSE to start walking towards our destination those little ropes will snap and we will be able to return to our KINGDOMS to live the lives that we were DESTINED, DESIGNED AND PUT HERE TO LIVE. All you have to do is say THESE ROPES CAN’T HOLD ME, AND START WALKING TOWARDS OUR DESTINATIONS. It isn’t the weak flimsy string that holds the elephant back. It’s the elephants mind and the power that the elephant gives that weak flimsy string that holds it back. It’s all in the elephants mind. Just like that elephant, it isn’t our past failures or defeats, it isn’t our lack of a college degree or high school diploma, or family backgrounds or our pasts, or our upbringing etc that holds us back, WHAT HOLDS US BACK IS THE POWER WE GIVE THOSE THINGS. OUR LIMITATIONS ARE ONLY IN OUR MINDS. ITS OUR WEAK AND FLIMSY THOUGHTS THAT HOLD US BACK. THEY ARE LIMITATIONS ONLY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE CALL THEM!
Try to remember that…
OUR PROBLEMS ARENT THE PROBLEM. OUR REACTION AND OUR ATTITUDES ABOUT ARE PROBLEMS ARE USUALLY THE PROBLEM!
START WALKING! BREAK THE ROPES!
THE WORLD IS YOURS!
“HE WHO SAYS HE CAN AND HE WHO SAYS HE CAN’T ARE BOTH USUALLY RIGHT!”
WHAT DO YOU SAY?