Elephant's Rope大象的繩子

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提 要
固有的習慣通常很難打破,想突破自己慣性的思維,不妨從不同的角度想一下,有時在逆向思考過程中,可以碰撞出很多不一樣的火花,接著,就會有全新的觀點。
Sam was a sweet boy and a wildlife lover. He was crazy about elephants. However, he never had a chance to see real elephants. All he saw those mammoth creatures were only in television and computers.
Fortunately, when he was 25-year-old he got a chance to join a crew of wildlife lovers, They visited various places. Sam was so happy and enjoyed the tour.
As they passed through the forests, they walked past a beautiful village. One from the team said that the village had more than 100 elephants and Sam could enjoy the entire day in that village.
He saw those elephants for the first time in his life and was amazed to see those elephants tied to a rail fence. It was a thin rope, not even a chain and there was no cage or any kind of shelter where the elephants lived. Instead, there were simple sheds without any doors.
Sam asked “won’t they easily break the rope?”
The trainer answered, “They won’t”, when they were babies we used to tie them with a strong rope and the kid elephants weren’t able to break them. The rope or chain we used to tie them when they were small. It was strong enough to hold them. As they grew, they developed a false belief that the small and thin ropes were too strong for them to break and they continued to get tied by their belief!”
Our lives are like the elephant’s false beliefs. We follow the false beliefs we experience and fail to try out something just because we did not accomplish it earlier.
If you refuse to take any risks, you won’t grasp anything new, start to improve yourself with these quotes from famous people:
“You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” –C.S. Lewis
“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?” –Michelle Obama
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney
解 說
山姆是一個可愛的男孩和野生動物愛好者。他非常喜歡大象很瘋狂,但是他從來沒有機會看到真正的大象。他只能在電視、電腦裡,觀看那巨大的生物。
很幸運地,25歲那年,他有機會加入一群野生動物愛好者的行列,他們參觀了許多地方。山姆很開心、很享受這次旅行。
當他們穿過森林時,經過一個美麗的村莊。團隊中的一位成員說,村裡有一百多頭大象,喜歡大象的山姆,可以在那村莊開心度過一整天。
生平第一次親眼看到大象,山姆驚訝地看到,那些大象被栓在鐵柵欄上。只用一根細繩,甚至不是鍊子,也沒有籠子或任何關住大象的住所,根本就是沒有任何門的簡單棚屋。
山姆問:「牠們不會輕易弄斷繩子嗎?」
訓練師回答他說:「不會,當牠們還是象寶寶的時候,我們曾經用粗繩綁住牠們,小象也無法掙脫或弄斷。因為幾乎一直都被足以控制的繩鍊綁住,隨著漸漸成長,大象已經習慣而且相信,即使是細小的繩索也不可能掙脫,牠們持續被這種的信念束縛!
我們的人生,就像大象的錯誤信念。我們遵循錯誤信念而放棄嘗試,只不過因為我們之前沒有順利完成。
如果拒絕承擔任何風險,你將不會學到任何新東西,現在就開始,用名人的句子來提醒自己進步:
「在嘗試之前,你永遠不會知道自己能做什麼,而且,除非不得已,很少人願意嘗試。」
──C. S.路易斯
「試試新事物,別害怕。 走出你的舒適圈、振翅高飛,好嗎?」
──蜜雪兒歐巴馬
「我們不斷前進、開啟新的大門、開展新事物,因為我們充滿好奇,好奇心不領我們走上新的道路。」
──華德迪士尼

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