Are you an elephant?

I am reading this book called “How to be Happy, Dammit” by . I had the please to meet Karen a couple months ago and thought she was a really energetic, fun woman and good speaker too!

I read this story from Karen’s book last night about how elephants never forget…

“The first trick an elephant trainer teaches an elephant is not to escape. When the elephant is still but a baby, the trainer chains the infant’s leg to a huge log, so when/if the elephant tries to escape the log proves stronger and he gives up. Eventually the elephant becomes so used to its captivity, that even when it has grown huge and strong, all the trainer has to do is merely tie the chain around the elephants’ leg to anything – even a tiny little twig – an the elephant won’t even try to escape.

The elephant has become a prisoner of its past.”

Aren’t we all prisoners of our past – sometimes?

We often tell ourselves…

I can’t do this.
There is no way I would be able to do this.
This is impossible.
Nothing good would come out of this.
I can’t possible make this happen.

Aren’t these all elephant talks?

It is about time you and I stop being an elephant.

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One Response to “Are you an elephant?”

  1. on 23 Jul 2008 at 5:53 pm

    It is nice to be reminded of the bindings we have made over our lifetimes. Some need loosening; some, tightening. It is often freeing to find bindings that can be removed, and with new freedoms we can take on new responsibilities.


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