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Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Mantra 2

                                             Image of an elephant painting at The National Elephant Institute in Thailand.

A man was passing some elephants in a zoo, 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 the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not.
The man saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent 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 of 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?


You can see a video of an elephant painting here:

I did not write this story but it makes one think. How much have we missed out on simply because we never knew we could? What could we have become? What amazing adventure would we be on right now? There is only one way to know and make up for lost opportunities. Start right now. And I hope you realize that there are no lost opportunities. All opportunities, pursued or ignored have brought you to this moment and this opportunity. Go on. Do It Now.


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