These Three Stories Could Change Your Life.
Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil
The first seed said, “I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me… I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring… I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!” And so she grew. The second seed said, “Hmmmm. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts. What if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe.” And so she waited… Then, a yard hen scratching around that early spring morning found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.
The Elephant Rope
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 anytime, 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,” 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. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
We are the result of four billion years from a creator who placed us on a water covered rock swinging 10,000 miles per hour around a ball of fusion in a dark and dangerous corner of the universe. You are a human being, a creature powerful enough to take down mammoths and whales, the most dangerous thing this planet has ever seen. Man is the most powerful and limitless being this universe has to offer. We have conquered the land, the sea, the air. We have landed on other worlds. We have met the speed of sound and blasted through it. We have held the power of suns in our laboratories. This is our planet. The same blood that flows through your veins flows through the minds and bodies of every other man on this planet. You are a man without limit, a man that can see his own shortcomings, and overcome them.
You are a man that can do anything if you put your mind in it.