The Elephant and the Stake
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johnchangjust a man discovering his superpowers
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The Elephant and the Stake

by johnchang

A tiny stake keeps a giant elephant from running away..

How is this possible?

When it was a baby, they use the same chain and metal collar

This cuts into the baby's leg when it tries to run away

So, while it's now full-grown - many times bigger & stronger

All the full-grown elephant remembers is its helplessness

How the elephant sees itself is the same..

We've all picked up a lifetime of beliefs

Someone might praise us for being good at something..

..but all we remember is the teacher criticizing our skills

Someone might say how stunning we look on the floor..

Yet, we're still that ugly duckling who got turned down

Worst yet, we want and deserve better..

..but settle because it's the life we know

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate..

..Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

- Marianne Williamson

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johnchangBronze Commajust a man discovering his superpowers
a year agoReply
Wow @bernardtwindwil - I'm touched and now take even more pride and a greater sense of responsibility! Hopefully, my next story won't disappoint you!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
I saw the title and I couldn't wait to read this one. You expounded on this parable and brought it into the daily lives of your readers. That was outstanding. I think you should know that I skype my grandchildren and some times read them Mr. Chang's Fables.