I was surprised to see each of them tied with a rope(that could easily be broken by these giants) - with one end to a front leg and the other end tied to a stake in the ground. There were no cages , no chains for the mighty beasts. It seemed peculiar that the parrots commanded a cage, but the elephants didn't; perhaps there was a pecking order among animals!
Noticing an animal trainer, I approached him and asked why the elephants just stood there and made no attempt to escape? "Well" he said, "When they are very young and much smaller we use the same kind of rope to tie them. By the time the elephants grow to full size, they are conditioned to believe the ropes are unbreakable. They think that the rope can still hold them, so they have given up trying to break free"
The explanation satisfied my curiosity but I was totally astonished. The ropes were really no more than obstacle relics. A firm pull and the ropes would snap, but the elephants don't seem to care. It would seem that the animals had no desire to test their boundaries. They were prisoners of self belief.
I couldn't help but draw parllels between elephants and humans. Such self-limiting beliefs prevent us from fully realising our potential. How many of us go through life holding a belief that we cannot do something, jus' because we failed at it once earlier?
I for that matter have chose to live up to mu full potential. I will conciously fnd such self- limiting beliefs and challenge them . Better a broken rope than a withered spirit.
P.S. This MMI is modified from a story I came across in my favourite magazine "Frozen Thoughts"