Short Motivational Stories to Lift You Up and Restore Your Soul

One of my favorite short motivational stories has to do with an elephant and a rope.  Upon research I found that the author of this original story remains unknown.  Here is my summary of one of the many short motivational stories: 

A  man was walking past some elephants at a local circus when he stopped and noticed that these huge magnificent creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to just one of their massively strong front legs. The man observed that there were no chains and no cages keeping these beautiful animals from escaping. It seemed visually apparent that the elephants could break free at anytime from the rope but for some reason, the elephants did not even try.  The elephants were just standing there.

The same man saw one of the trainers nearby and asked why these wonderful and very strong animals just stood there and made no attempt to secure their freedom.  The trainer replied to the man, “When these elephants are very young and much smaller we used the same size rope to tie their leg down and, at that young age, it was a strong enough rope to hold them and keep them from breaking free and escaping.  The young elephant tries again and again to free itself but lacks the strength at that time to succeed.

As the elephants grow up physically bigger and stronger, they are still conditioned to believe they cannot break free from the rope. They remember their many attempts to escape with no success and believe the now small rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free from the rope again".

Sadly these elephants spent their lifetime a prisoner by the circus and were held captive by only a short, small piece of rope tied to one of their front legs.  These animals were actually prisoners of their own minds, not of the rope.

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What's the Lesson from this Short Motivational Story?

These types of short stories actually have a profound meaning to them, don't they?  Can you see it?  I must add in here a quote by Thomas Edison:

"I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

How many of us are like these elephants?  We go through our lives believing that we cannot do something only because we failed at one time or many times.  Some of us learn too late that failure is actually Life teaching us something we need to learn. We have to learn the lesson that just because we were not successful the first time does not mean that the next time will reveal the same.  Good thing Edison did not give up.

Why are we so conditioned to expect failure when success could be the very next attempt we make to break free of the ropes that bind us all?  Why do we stay at jobs we hate?  Why do we stay in relationships that cause us harm?  Why do we associate with people who try to bring us down to their lowly level?  Why do we allow someone whether at work or at home to keep us in a position of subservience?  Why do we allow the unjust exercise of authority?  Power does in fact corrupt some people, doesn't it?  We can all relate.

Short motivational stories hold the cure to life's challenges.Short motivational stories hold the cure to life's challenges.

J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter

There is not much I need to say about this wonderful woman, J.K. Rowling.  We all know her "rags to riches" story with her Harry Potter  series.  She herself is one of the short motivational stories. 

Her purpose given lead her to enormous victory.  Her ability to focus on the one thing she was good at, story telling, should inspire all of us that we as well have that one certain special gift. 

J.K. Rowling  is an inspiration to each and every one of us that no matter where you are in life and no matter what your checking account balance says, you and I have the same ability as she.  The "secret" is to find that ability, that God given gift, that special talent that sets you apart from the masses. 

JK Rowling - went from many seemingly life "failures" to enormous "fortune" because she followed her passion.

J.K. Rowling  knew she always wanted to be a writer but it wasn't until a failed marriage and being jobless with a dependent child did she begin to focus on her writing.  She said she found this time in her life liberating allowing her to spend time on the Harry Potter book that she had already begun writing. 

She was signed up for welfare and finished her first novel while living on state assistance.  She wrote in many cafes as a way to take her baby daughter, Jessica, for a stroll.  She would head from her apartment to a café (with her daughter) in an attempt to help the baby go to sleep. 

The original idea for Harry Potter came to J.K. Rowling while she was delayed for four hours on a train ride.  She wrote her first Harry Potter ideas on a napkin. 

J.K. Rowling  typed her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, on a typewriter while her daughter was sleeping in her stroller inside a cafe.

This one of the many short motivational stories can be of any one of us.  She went from many seemingly life "failures" to enormous "fortune" because she followed her passion and broke free from the ropes that bind the rest of us.

I am here to tell you that I was once bound by ropes as was the elephant described in one of the short motivational stories above.  I, too, at certain times felt helpless to break free from my captor.  I thought that because I had tried many times to escape (and failed) that there was no reason to keep on trying.  I was taught the great lesson of perseverance. 

When I was at the end of my "rope" in a certain life situation, I realized that my fate was only doom if I did not try just one more time.  I had the choice of giving up and succumbing to the one that held me down or to gather every ounce of energy and courage I had inside of me to try again one more time.  It was only then, did I personally break free. 


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