Wednesday, September 8, 2010
It's A Three Ring Circus!
When circus elephants are very young they are chained to an unmoveable post. They come to understand that it is useless to try to escape. As they get older, the elephant keepers are able to switch the post to a stick in the ground. As soon as the elephant feels the tension on the chain, it stops and rests and doesn't even bother to check out the strength of the anchor because it has already imprinted on its memory that it is futile to try to escape the bonds.
People are a lot like elephants. Our lives spin in circles and we think that we have to play along with the bonds and chains that others think we need in our lives. What we actually need to do is become more adventuresome and test things out on a regular basis. Who knows? Perhaps I actually do like honey dew mellon dipped in chocolate! Perhaps I don't. I never really know until I try it out. I can't really trust what anyone else will tell me about it because that is simply their opinion. Why limit ourselves to other people's opinions of who we are and what we like? Safety? No that is not safety. That is compliance.
Elephants are massive and strong and they don't even recognize how incredibly free they could be if they tested the boundaries. Humans are a lot like elephants. We are bigger and stronger and more phenomenal than we ever give ourselves credit for. Yet, once challenged by life itself, we start to awaken to the new possibilities of who we are and of what we are capable.
Challenge the boundaries every day. Try new things and discover stuff about yourself that you never before thought possible. Have a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. Live life to the fullest in every single moment of the day.