Have you had about the story of an Elephant and the rope? You might have had about it. It’s a great story to tell young kids, also for an adult.
In case you haven’t had about it, here is the story;
“Once upon a time…, as a man was passing some 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.” End of story.
Many of us have been conditioned to some sort of beliefs, by culture, religion, family and failures.
In many case we are like those creatures that is tied up by a tiny rope and refuses to flex a little of their muscles, abilities, creativity, or ideas.
Because we have allowed that rope to hold us, just because we want to be a good child, we don’t want the criticism, we don’t want to lose our friends, and we don’t want to fail again. Probably the last failure was awful.
And sometimes we see some people doing great stuffs, and we are like those guys are extraordinary been. They have got the abilities that I don’t have. Or they were born in the right background, in the right country, in the right economy. Many times it’s what we think not really what it’s.
But If we try to flex a little of our muscles, our abilities, our thoughts and understanding, we can un-tie the rope and gain freedom and have opinions. The freedom we crave for. A happy life, a worthwhile life, a purposeful life.