Last weekend I had the chance to watch the movie Water for Elephants. I had read the book, and the movie was very good too. I love animals so much, and it hurt me to see how this poor elephant was treated by some of the cruel circus people. I never understand people who can inflict cruelty on innocent beings, like children or animals. Years ago, we put an electric fence in our yard to contain our dogs. I wasn't sure I was a believer in this sort of containment system, but we have a large yard, and the dogs were taking to some romps through the neighborhood. We had large, lovely Great Danes, and all it took was one buzz of the electric collar, and they never tried to leave the yard again. In fact we didn't even need to put the collars on on after some time had passed. They knew the limits and were content to stay within the assigned boundaries. What was on the other side of the neighborhood was not worth the unpleasantness of running through the fence. I recently came across this story about an elephant with a similar situation. I wanted to share this with you.
As a man was passing by 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.
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?
Thank you to the group Alternative Thinking for this post
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful weekend. Sending love and hugs!
Thought for the day: The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will." Vincent T. Lombardi