Are you an Elephant????

@bird123 (10518)
United States
April 14, 2012 4:59pm CST
Let me tell you a story of an elephant. The circus caught a wild elephant. To keep the elephant from escaping, they chained the elephant to a stake. The elephant fought and fought but could not get away. When the elephant reached the end of his chain, he would feel the terrible pull on his leg. That hurt. After a time, the elephant knew his limits. He would walk to the point where he knew he was at his chain's limit and go no farther. After a time, the circus owners didn't even chain the elephant. The elephant would still stop at the point where the chain had run out in the past. The elephant believed he could go no farther. Are you an elephant?? Do you allow your beliefs in religion, people, and such to set boundaries you will no longer cross?? Does this make you unwilling to venture on?? Simply because a door was closed at one point in time, doesn't mean it will always be closed. When it is finally open, will you go or will you be an Elephant??
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• China
17 Apr 12
The elephant is elephant.When he was let go,he dare not overstep the limit.Man sometimes makes the same mistake.Some people judge new things by old standards or judge others by what they used to be.Some people cling to established practices,having no disregard of times having changed.
@bird123 (10518)
• United States
18 Apr 12
We should never allow beliefs to prevent us from moving forward. Doors do not always stay closed.
• China
18 Apr 12
You are so right!we shouldn't be fried in our own juice.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
15 Apr 12
My wife and I rode on an elephant in Laos. There was a ladder up to an elevated platform that was used to mount the elephant. We rode through the jungle to a river. The elephant was well trained, and a boy sat on his head steering him by tugging on his ears. This was lots of fun, and I'd do it again anytime. Yes I'd like to be an elephant!
@bird123 (10518)
• United States
15 Apr 12
Yes, I bet that was an experience. Oh yes, there was nothing holding that elephant back. It's the way we should all be. I'll save some peanuts for you, Barehugs just in case.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
15 Apr 12
This elephant ate short lengths of sugarcane, and bananas. But I bet he'd chomp down peanuts too. We had a 45 minute ride, that swayed from side to side as he walked. When we got to the river he drank by dipping his trunk into the water, and I was thinking that he might just give us a shower at the same time. But he didn't, he was a good elephant!
• Mexico
16 Apr 12
Hi bird: I didn't know this story. I think we all have these limitations. I try to make my own decisions base on my own criteria but we are influenced by our culture, society, the news, the points of views of our family and people around us, etc. that we sometimes have some prejudges on different things without even knowing that they are not necessary truth, just as the elephant of your story. ALVARO
@bird123 (10518)
• United States
16 Apr 12
That is true. One must keep a watch as to not allow ourselves to place limits created by beliefs. We should never assume any door is shut to us. It never hurts to try that door.
@urbandekay (18312)
15 Apr 12
Don't think the analogy is a good one. Sometimes ladders that must be climbed may then be discarded all the best urban
@bird123 (10518)
• United States
15 Apr 12
Hey,but you are climbing.