Today I was thinking back to a childhood trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo. There were two full grown elephants there feeding. Each had a small rope around one of their ankles. I asked, “ Why doesn’t the elephant just break the rope?” My mother explained, “When the elephants were little, they used the same size rope. The baby elephants tried to break free, but they couldn’t. Eventually they just stopped trying. Even though today they could easily break free they don’t believe they can, so they don’t even try.”
I am afraid this is true for many of us in our adult lives. We are still being held back by past experiences and the feelings associated with them. The struggle is etched so deep in our minds that we just can’t bring ourselves to break free of the past to move forward into a more promising future.
The good news is if we can identify these past experiences, we can formulate a plan to overcome them.