[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″ id=”” class=”post-content” style=””][text_output]Human beings are limited by how much they can perceive with their senses. The light we see consists of several colours blended together, but we can’t see them individually. We can see a few colours but there are many others that we can’t see. The movies that we watch are also a series of still photos passing quickly before our eyes; when they move fast enough, our brain joins them and we see a movie. There is so much that we can’t see or don’t know. When we understand this, our perspective will change.

Everyone had to learn from someone, nobody was born with complete knowledge. Ironically, we are living with complete trust in the little that we do know. Many people marvel when they see huge elephants being controlled by small ropes that they could easily break. It is said that when they are young the same rope is used to secure them. Because they were small, they couldn’t break free and would just give up. Even after becoming much bigger, they still don’t try to escape.

For their entire lives, these elephants live imprisoned, not just by the rope but by a thought. “I can never break this rope, I tried many times, it’s too strong”. However, that was when they were infants, it isn’t true now. Most of us are sure that we know our strengths and weaknesses. Nobody knows us like we do, so we don’t like being forced to do what we know we can’t. Anything that doesn’t fit the “ME” we know; drives us into isolation.

Some people may say, “I am shy or I don’t like speaking in public”, but that is based on some experience and they rarely question it. We never stop learning, and everything we have learnt was taught by someone; yet, there is still so much we don’t know. Why do we trust ourselves so much? We often think, “Nobody understands me”; “I am not like them, I am different.” This thought traps us and we live hiding behind a lie.

Some confident managers may think, “I am not like them, they are all after my job” and isolate themselves. People hide their pain and pretend they are okay because they are sure that nobody will understand. All of this is driven by a confidence in what they know; and like the elephant they have proof. Have you ever been surprised at how different your recorded voice sounds from what you expected? Can we really trust what WE know?

We need feedback and help from others to understand ourselves. Through communication, we share and learn from each other. This is what community means. It is where people with different shortcomings complement and support each other. If we stay away because we think we are different, isn’t it time to start challenging that? Could we, like an elephant, be living as the prisoner of a thought?

Are you SURE you know yourself?

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  1. I remember hating the sound of my voice once. Whenever I try to say something, it came out really weird. I was so worried about what people would think about it. And like the post said it was worse when it was recorded. Because of this fear, I hardly spoke. So I told myself I’m not a person who can have a conversation. There were many things I kept inside because of this, it felt as if I was drowning in thoughts – convincing myself that I am the silent observant type. Anyway even now I shake in my boots when I’m supposed to say anything to an audience but at least I am now having something as simple as a conversation with a few persons, which I never thought I could before. So I conclude I don’t know myself at all. I may just be able to speak to an audience some day, I just don’t know it yet.

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