Reading the title of this article, most people will assume that it is an article about hope brought from the wings of celestial angels such as cherubim and seraphim. It is instead about elephants and clams called Angel Wings and how they teach people a valuable lesson.
Elephants are massive animals with great physical strength; however, they are easily restricted. When a fence that is only a few inches high encloses elephants, the elephants restrict their movements.
Even though elephants could easily use their great physical strength to trample and cross the fence, they behave as though there is a huge, fortified wall that keeps them hemmed in. Massive elephants have the power and the possibility to crush small and large fences, but it only takes a small fence to restrict them.
Like elephants, Angel Wing clams are powerful; however, these clams are miniscule in comparison to massive elephants. Even though Angel Wing clams are very small, these tiny clams can do what seems impossible for their size.
They drill their way through rock where they enclose themselves like caterpillars in cocoons. By their own choice, Angel Wing clams restrict themselves inside small worlds that fit snugly about them.
The lesson of hope that Angel Wing clams might teach restricted elephants and people is that size does not decide restriction or possibility. Thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors decide possibilities and restrictions.
Even though people’s strength, resources, ability, etc., are small–like Angel Wing clams–people can with continued, persistent determination do what seems impossible.
Like the Angel Wing clams who choose their restricted, small worlds, people can choose how large they want to make their worlds.
However, people are often more like powerful, fenced elephants who unknowingly have restricted themselves inside small, fence-enclosed worlds.
By enclosing and restricting themselves with self-limiting thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, people unknowingly hinder their growth and freedom of movement–mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, or financially.
The fences in people’s small worlds keep them captive and alienated from the vastness and resources of Creation that could easily be within their reach.
To create a larger world, people often have to reach the point in their lives about which Anaïs Nin wrote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
To blossom, grow, and enlarge their worlds, sometimes people have to risk moving beyond their self-imposed thoughts, beliefs, and behavior parameters.
Then, we must also take into account the times when others’ fences keep people from enlarging their respective worlds. There is a wonderful poem, “Outwitted” by Edwin Markham, that tells people what to do when that happens:
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But LOVE and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”
How big is your world? What fences or self-imposed boundaries or parameters are restricting your life? What self-limiting thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors do you need to risk moving beyond to enlarge your world?
Who has fenced you out of their world that you and LOVE can take into the larger circle of your world?
In the YouTube video below, there is another story about the training of elephants that relates to self-limiting behaviors. I hope you enjoy it.
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