“All it takes for us is JUST ONE step forward to let loose of our hegemonic entanglement from limiting, or even false, beliefs; to let go of our captivity from apathy, acquiescence or passivity; to break free of our fears and false expectations, which have long stymied our resolve in the face of adversity.”
The story goes about a man who was walking by an elephant park and noticed something peculiar about the elephants. He noticed that the huge elephants weren’t restrained by chains or cages but by a measly little rope tied to a stake in the ground. He knew that these massive creatures could break free with hardly any effort at all, so why didn’t they?
Confused by what he saw, he decided to approach one of the elephant trainers and inquired about the rope. He found the closet trainer and asked,
“Why do these elephants just stand there and make no attempt to escape?”
The trainer replied, “When they are very young and much smaller, we use the same rope size 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.” END OF STORY.
Obviously, as the story showed, even though the elephants could easily rip out the stake by simply lifting their foot – they think it’s impossible, so they don’t even try.
The moral of the story, hence? All it takes for us is JUST ONE step forward to let loose of our hegemonic entanglement from limiting, or even false, beliefs; to let go of our captivity from apathy, acquiescence or passivity; to break free of our fears and false expectations, which have long stymied our resolve in the face of adversity.
Perhaps, for some of us, like in the movie “The Matrix”, we’ve been living our life unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality – under the shadow of other’s hegemonic influence and expectations, making others, as it were, the barometer for our success and happiness.
Perhaps too, we’re but bottom-stuck in our fears and insecurities – forgetting that at the end of our fears is the person we truly want to be.
Or simply, there are just days that we find ourselves relenting to move a finger or do anything, and suffice ourselves pining for past glories or daydreaming, if not over-thinking, about the future.
Wake up! “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” so Lau Tzu advised.
The only way to get moving is to start moving. If you want to get better at something, you have to try it. There is no way around it.
Life is a journey, not just a destination or a goal. The real treasures in life are not just found at the end or achievement of our goals but in the joys and learning we gain along the journey.
Veritably indeed, it just takes ONE STEP to start embracing our dreams – because happiness is not tomorrow, it is NOW.
In closing, let me leave you these indubitably compelling lines from an anonymous source, titled “Just One”:
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald a spring,
One smile can begin a friendship,
One hand can lift a soul,
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal,
One sunbeam can light a room,
One candle can wipe out darkness,
One laugh can conquer gloom,
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care,
One voice can wake up everybody,
One LIFE can make a difference.
Be that ONE!
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