The Elephant Rope

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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.

Miss Anyetta. Thank you.

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