Just a reminder, don’t be an elephant.

Elephants aren’t stupid, in fact they have a great memory, probably TOO good.  But then, so do we. 

A small circus came through town last week, and as the animals were outside the tents for the public to come admire, it just amazed me to see those enormous elephants tethered to this little stake in the ground with a very small chain.

Here was an animal that weighed up to 14,000 pounds, with massive natural strength, being held in place by something that I could probably work out of the ground. (Yes, I’ve had some bacon lately, but I haven’t put on THAT much weight..)

So how does the magic chain work?  It only had the terrible magic of “Conditioning” dust on it, that’s all.


Thanks to TwistedSifter for the image.

It turns out that while the elephant was very young, it was secured by a chain and a stake by it’s trainers. The cute little guy “learns” the “fact” that the connection is unbreakable and real.

One temporary perception becomes “a fact” for an un-focused and un-challenging elephant.

Feel a twinge in your heart for the little elephant?  Feel that love for yourself as well! In our lives, others have applied their versions of a tether to what they thought we could or could not do.

Learn to recognize a tether when you see, hear or feel it.  It doesn’t matter how old the chain is, how new it is, or what “trainer” put it there. Doesn’t matter whether it was someone you respect like a family member, lover, teacher, doctor or friend.

One of my favorite quotes from the entertaining speaker Les Brown, is “Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality!”

Crush, shred or ignore that petty little, wispy perception of theirs, and unchain your potential, your power.

People forget to ALSO tell us that WE HAVE GREATNESS IN US!  

  • Do you believe that you were created BY the same life source as everyone who has ever lived?
  • Do you understand you are still connected to that same Energy Source that entails Everything? You are connected to something that is much larger than even our Universe.
  • Which is “Truer” – one or two temporary perspectives from the short lives of a person (including yourself!) – OR- a perspective from the Massive Forces of The Universal Mind and Source Energy that created you and everything that ever was?

Focus on the CONNECTION that serves YOU best!

Look for, and release, your own Greatness, your Playfulness, your Imagination, your Abilities, your Creativity, your Thought, your Awesomeness, your YOU.

2 thoughts on “Just a reminder, don’t be an elephant.

  1. Great comment Mike. I agree that we spend too much time thinking of why we can’t do something instead of just doing it.


  2. I have a missing gene for positive affirmations. I do respond to humor though. I put that tether on myself. It was just recently too. I have always had an abundance of self esteem and work ethic. Lately though, I am in a deep dark rut… Now I am depressed. Illogical.


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