Do You Live In A Jar?

Life Story by Daniel | Friday, December 21, 2007 | 1 comments »

If you put a grasshopper in a jar and put a lid on it, the grasshopper will try to jump out.

He will only try, though, until he realizes he can’t, and then he will stop.

Smart grasshopper, isn't it?

A couple days later, you take the lid off, he still won’t jump.


Because he 'knows' he can’t get out.

It’s the same way when a baby elephant is chained to a stump.

When the baby elephant is small, it can’t pull the chain loose.

Later, when it grew up and big, it can.

But it won’t.

Why? Because it 'knows' it can’t.

Both the grasshopper and the elephant are wrong, aren’t they?

What is it in your life that you might be wrong about or feel you are chained to?

Is the lid off and you don’t even know it?

When you were little, you may have said to yourself 'I can’t do it' when it came to reaching for things, riding a bike, running fast or singing in front of a crowd.

Now you are older.
You can do all those things, and more.

You didn’t think you could learn, didn’t think you could be strong, didn’t think your opinion mattered.

But now do you realize that you can learn, you can be strong, your opinion does matter?

What are the things in your life that you think you still 'can’t' do?

Check it out thoroughly.

Are you still right and really can’t do it?
Or do you realize there is a possibility that you could be wrong?
That you could have been wrong all these years, that now you can do it.

Why not take a look at everything you do in your life right now.

What is happening?

Are your eyes opening wider?

Some of the things that you often say to yourself don’t really apply anymore, like they did when you were little, do they?

Then why are you still saying them?

Look at all those poor grasshoppers that stuck in a jar.
They won’t even try to get out.

Do you want to be like them for the rest of your life?

Why not try something different every day?

You may or may not succeed.

But in no time you’ll find a new way to look at things and new ways to succeed.

Take the lid off.

Live life, love life.

Succeed through striving and not fail through retreating into old habits.

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  1. Shane Vander Hart // December 24, 2007 at 7:49 AM  

    Very encouraging post. Have a Merry Christmas!