I once read about how the Indians
tame their elephant.
It’s leg is usually chained to a log
pinned to the ground.
The elephant struggles to break free,
it tries over time and sooner or later,
it accepts its fate.
It stops struggling.
It limits itself to the range the chain
would allow it reach.
Now, when the chain is removed,
it still doesn’t go beyond the boundary.
Because the chain is no more on
its leg, but in its mind.
The same can be said of the poultry
chicken. It is confined to a space
where all it does it eat, drink, sleep
and lay eggs.
When you bring it out, it doesn’t run.
It doesn’t fly.
It stays in one position because that is
what it is used to.
It has been conditioned to be in one
spot, so when freedom comes,
it doesn’t recognize it.
What limits you?
What boundaries have you set for
What walls have you constructed that
holds you in prison?
As humans, there is the tendency to
limit ourselves in our minds.
We see levels we just believe we
can never go beyond.
As long as we entertain such thoughts,
we will never go beyond it.
Two brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright
believed man could invent a machine
that would fly.
Nobody believed them.
Nobody saw what they saw.
They were convinced it was possible,
despite the knowledge of science in
The scientists laughed at them.
The people scoffed.
They were ridiculed.
But they believed in what they
They invented the first aircraft
and shut the mouth of the scoffers.
They were not limited by the
thinking of their generation.
What limits you?
I was at a party some years ago.
Families gathered at a mutual
friend’s house on Boxing Day to wine,
dine and have fun.
Towards the end of the party, the
children were asked to line up for
One by one, they would walk up to
a lady who would hand them a gift.
This girl of about 10 years walked up
and stretched out her LEFT hand for
The lady asked her to collect it with
her RIGHT hand.
She insisted on collecting with
her left, the lady insisted on
The parents watched, waiting to see
how the stand-off would end.
The girl asked, “What is wrong with
my left hand, ma’am?”
The lady replied, “It is against our culture!”
The girl responded, “Duh! Your culture is
That lady is limited by culture.
The girl is not.
What limits you?
Zechariah saw a man with a tape
in his hand.
He asked him, “Where are you going?”
He replied, “I am going to measure
Jerusalem, I want to know its length
In other words, he wanted to know the
LIMITATIONS of Jerusalem!
He wanted to know what Jerusalem
was limited to.
He wanted to know where the jurisdiction
of Jerusalem does not extend beyond.
You are Jerusalem.
Someone somewhere has measured you
with HIS TAPE.
He has told you your limitations and
you believed it.
You have conditioned your mind not
to go beyond the limits set for you.
You want to go to the university,
they tell you “You, university?
Is it your type that go to the university?
What did you smoke?
Nobody in your family has gone beyond
You must be drunk to even think of that!”
You want to travel out of the country.
Someone laughs at you.
“You? Travel out of the country?
Nobody in your family has ever
left the village, nobody has even
been to the state capital before,
talk less of the airport!
You are saying you want to travel
out of the country!
Are you sure you are ok?”
And they limit you with their tape!
They tell you your length and breadth!
They tell you the limitations they
have set for you!
Don’t believe them anymore!
Don’t live your life within their
As the man walked away to measure
Jerusalem, an angel appeared and said,
“Run after him!
Tell him Jerusalem shall be inhabited
as a city WITHOUT WALLS!”
Jerusalem shall be LIMITLESS!
You are limitless.
You have been conditioned not to
dream beyond a level.
But you are FREE!
Dream as high and as wide as you can!
YOU ARE JERUSALEM,
A CITY WITHOUT WALLS!!!
- Haruna Daniels