As I was passing the elephants, I 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.I saw a trainer near by and asked why these
beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get
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.
"I 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? So make an attempt to grow further....
"YOUR ATTEMPT MAY FAIL, BUT NEVER FAIL TO
MAKE AN ATTEMPT."