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Who is that bear?

Who is that bear

The winter came to an end. Spring was in the air.

A group of bears joyfully came out of their hibernation and met at their usual meeting place. As they all caught up with one another, the oldest bear called for their attention. He had an announcement to make.

As all heads turned to him, he said, “It is a beautiful new season. However, I have sad news. During winter, while we were in hibernation, the bear who has been holding you back passed away. We’re having a quick funeral service by the lake.”

Now everyone was shocked and grieved by this news. They wondered who it could be, as they looked around and among themselves.

They walked down to the lake, puzzled about which bear had been holding them back that had died.

They arrived at the edge of the lake.

The oldest bear then addressed them again. He knew everyone was curious to know who had died. He said,

“The bear who held you and everyone else back has been laid to rest in the lake. Go look into the water and you’ll be able to see.”

One of the bears who had reached the water looked in and shouted, “But all I see is my own reflection. I see me!”

There was silence. The other bears slowly went to the water and looked in. And each one reported that the only thing visible was their own reflection.

The old bear then growled at them. He took a deep breath and said, “That’s right. The only thing you see in the water is yourself. Do you know why? It is because the only bear hold you back, keeping you and the rest of your family from growing is yourself. You. Because only You have the power to imprison yourself in your limiting beliefs and drag the rest of us down.”

As the bears blinked and looked at him and then at one another, the old bear continued, “Now, that part of you that was holding back is dead. Gone. You are now in charge of the circumstances in your life. You have the power to control your actions, your destiny. You will stop hoping, wishing, waiting for “some day” “better weather”, shallow streams” “slower prey” to achieve your goals. You will make it happen, regardless of what you are facing because only you can determine whether you can survive or perish. Only you can choose to thrive. From this moment forward, we will all choose to thrive. Let’s begin this new season, let’s decide to thrive!”

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Right?

Was that a wise old bear or what?

Now, will you look in the mirror and tell yourself, “I can and I will?”

You have the choice between holding yourself back or making yourself succeed.

I sourced this inspiring story from Motivational Joe

Wednesday Wisdom is a series with short bursts of non-fattening, easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of stories, quotes, anecdotes, and humor.

8 Comments

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    Ryan K Biddulph
    December 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Great wisdom with that bear, Vidya. Amazing how we become unstoppable by seeing we stop ourselves, by surrendering to the illusion of fear. Own that surrender and the sky is the limit!
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      Vidya Sury
      December 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Thank you, Ryan! I loved the story and narrated it to some kids who loved it. And I thought why not post it. 🙂 Too often we tend not to believe in ourselves.

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    G Angela
    December 28, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    So True Vidya 🙂 we are responsible for setting limitations on ourselves – important and valuable lesson from this story,thanks for sharing.

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    Parul Thakur
    December 28, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    What a beautiful one. I totally loved this one 🙂
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    BellyBytes
    December 29, 2018 at 9:48 am

    What a wonderful story this was Vidya. Definitely a wake up call to me who has been hibernating like your bear!
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      Vidya Sury
      December 29, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Sunita! I loved the story when I first read it. It was also gratifying to see the reaction of a few kids when I narrated it to them. Simple story, great lesson!

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    Arlene Wilpon
    January 2, 2019 at 3:54 am

    my dear Vidya. I want to thank you for all you have done for me since I’ve discovered you. I discovered you on Pinterest but I am no longer on there so I’m happy that I’m reading your blog. I wish you blessings and good health & the best New Year possible for you and your family. I will continue praying for all good to come to you. Many blessings lots of love, Arlene

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    ajay k
    January 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Limitations are a part of life, but will differ based on priority, and sometimes they will be missed badly
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