Break the ropes that hold you captive

When faced with a problem, you have two options: do something to solve it or do nothing. Everyone will agree that we can’t let it go and do nothing. We need to do something to get out of it but not everyone does it.  Why?

Let me share a known story:

A man once saw elephants that were held by a small rope tied to their front leg. He wondered how such huge creatures can be held only by a small rope. They could break the rope any time but, for some reason, they did not do that.

He asked their trainer, who said, “When they are very young and much smaller we used the same size rope to tie them. At that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away, so they never try to break free.”

Most of the time, we don’t even make an effort to do something because we are conditioned to believe that this is the way our life is destined to be. We need to change this fatalistic attitude. We need to break the rope that holds us captive.

The real challenge is that the ropes that hold us captive in our life are not visible. In most cases, they get developed as a result of life’s experiences, circumstances, setbacks, broken relationships etc. As time passes by, we get “conditioned” to accepting the life as it is; and stop making efforts to improve it.

We need to find and break the ropes that keep us captive, without even thinking about failures. Failure is part of learning. We should never give up the struggle in life. Theodore Rosevelt sums it up well, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”


5 Responses to Break the ropes that hold you captive

  1. Masuma Jafri says:

    Great post thank you. It reminds me of when we ever Got bad grades in school. My father would come hug us and say he is proud of us and not disappointed. He would say I would be sad and disappointed had you not tried. But when I know you have tried no matter how you did you have done very well.

  2. DILAWAR Ghadiali says:

    Very nice article posted by Mr Syed Afsar.
    God bless you. In all struggle family members plays a great role. My daughter Nilam when she passed Law IMMIDIATELY after ceremony she said my dear parents it is because of your love and kindness today I am holding this degree. We never know our little push with love to some one will make him reach his destination.

  3. Nice thought, success is 100 % failure and failure is part of success. Great post, thanks for sharing

  4. Indrani says:

    Very inspiring post. We need to break free from the shackles of our restrictive thought processes, take risks and be more adventurous without the fear of failure.

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