As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope 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.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. (1) Like the elephants, how many of us go through life believing we are stuck right where we are? That we can’t break free from bonds we believe were real?
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Mary Ward is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is also an ACE Faculty member leading various Continuing Education classes for fitness professionals. Mary is the Marketing Director and Northern Virginia Area Director for Body & Soul Fitness®, and has been a Body & Soul instructor since 1987, teaching FIT360, Power Strength, Cardio/Strength, Gold and Dance Blast classes. She is also certified through Refit®.