Believing in yourself is the first step to anything
The Elephant and the Rope
As my friend was passing the 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 the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not.
My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” he 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.”
My friend 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?
How many of us are being held back by old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve us?
How many of us have avoided trying something new because of a limiting belief?
Worse, how many of us are being held back by someone else’s limiting beliefs?
Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve!
So make an attempt to grow further…. Why shouldn’t we try it again?
Once upon a time, there was a great king .
He has a smart henchman and always takes him along everywhere.
One day, the king got bitten by a dog giving him a severe wound. He asked the henchman
“Is this some kind of bad luck?
” The henchman said “Good or bad. Hard to tell. ” Finally the king lost his finger.
He asked the henchman again
“Is this some kind of bad luck? ” Same reply by the henchman “Good or bad. Hard to tell. “
The King got very angry and orders to put him in the jail.
Few days later, the king went out for hunting and got caught by barbarians.
They wanted to sacrifice the king.
Fortunately, they found that the king’s fingers are not complete so they decided to release the king
because he’s not a complete human anymore.
The king went back to the castle and immedietly orders to release the henchman.
He is now understands what the henchman said about “Good or not. hard to tell. ”
Something which seems to be good can be bad later on and, likewise, something which seems
to be bad can be good finally.
He apologized to the henchman but the henchman wasn’t angry with him at all. He told the king
“If you didn’t put me in jail I would have to go with you and the barbarians would sacrifice me instead after they found
that your fingers are incomplete.“
Truely, good or bad depends on how we look at it . If we understand this inconsistency
we will live in the world very happily.
Be not afraid of going slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
– Chinese proverb
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.
A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him,
“Can I also sit like you and do nothing? “
The eagle answered, “Sure , why not. “
So the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.
All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting
very, very high up.
Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful, because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather. Definitely, this would need thousands of cows’ skin, and would cost a huge amount of money.
Then one of his wise servants dared himself to tell the king, “Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?”
The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself.
There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story: to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself — your heart; and not the world.