Are you the elephant tied with rope?

A man was passing few domestic elephants who were fed by their mahout. 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 their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He approached the mahout and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the mahout 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.”

The man 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?

Moral: Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life. Check out if an invisible chain from a previous failure to break free is still holding you back !


The Editorial Team at NayaDisha is a group of young professionals with sound experience of professional world, and genuine love for Barak Valley & its people. The editorial would seek to cover issues, concepts & thoughts deemed important to be discussed & debated in Barak Valley, Assam.

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