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Post by Maithri » August 2, 2007, 12:38 am

One of my dear cousins once told me this little story about elephants, which means so much to me.

In years gone by there was a particular method which was commonly used to tame elephants.

When an elephant was very young, one of their legs would be tied by a small length of chain to a post at night.

In most cases, almost as soon as the chain was tied to the little elephants foot, the young elephant would try to run. He would kick and pull at the chain. But the chain wouldn't move from the post to which it was tied.

So he would pull harder.

The harder he tried, the more pain it would cause him.

The next day he would be released to play with the other elephants. But at night the same length of chain would come out.

Again he would try to break that chain. But no matter how hard he pulled, there would be no way in which he would be able to free himself.

Many days would go by with the self-same pattern of events occuring.

Soon the young elephant would realise that there was just no use. No matter how hard he tried he could never break that chain and gain his freedom.

So he would give up. And when the chain came out and the lights went out, he would not try to resist anymore.

Years would pass and these small young elephants would grow to become the mighty creatures which we all respect and admire.

And yet at night that very same little chain would be used to tie them to their posts.

Now you would think that weighing several tonnes, the elephants could easily break the little chains that once held them as children. And you would be right. With their new strength it would be easy to tear the chains and the posts :) from their sticking places.

And yet having learnt all those years ago that it wasnt possible. These elephants would never even try.


Friends, its so important to break the ties that bind us, those things which keep us from realising our true potential.

In some ways we're all a bit like these little elephants. Life can be hard and wearing. It hurts and sometimes it can make you bleed. But that doesnt mean we should stop trying to liberate ourselves from our shackles. In fact, maybe its not as hard as we once thought.

We were born free. Here's to living that way. :cool: luv

My love to you all,

Maithri
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Post by ZippyTina » August 2, 2007, 1:06 am

Great story- and so true for so many people.

Thank you for sharing! :)
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Post by Lion~* » August 14, 2007, 12:59 pm

"Like the elephant, we are unconscious of our own strength. When it comes to understanding the power we have to make a difference in our own lives, we might as well be asleep. If you want to make your dreams come true, wake up. Wake up to your own strength. Wake up to the role you play in your own destiny. Wake up to the power you have to choose what you think, do, and say."

- Keith Ellis, Bootstraps


Thought you would appreciate this along with your story Maithri and one and ALL! ;)

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Post by ebullientenigma » January 5, 2008, 4:54 am

This story is inspiring to me!!! Having been in an abusive marraige, I heard in my head the recorded messages from the past. Messages about my unworth. I believed them, until some events in my life made me believe in myself!

Now, I know i have the power to turn off the negative, defeating messages!!

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Post by Yoron » December 24, 2009, 2:59 pm

Yep, to be a 'real human being' costs.
And you have to do it.

Even though people will wonder.
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