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Marsha's Elephant

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Dea Rivera
Tales in Mind
This tale of comparing the jungle where courage, tenacity and belief in one's self bring results.
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Landon
I felt inspired to use this story whenever I face personal struggle
I learned that living in the moment and believing in yourself can help you reach long term goals.
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Emily
I feel like this is a story would tell my self.
I would tell my self this story when I feel as though I am not enough witch has been a lot lately and this story kinda showed me a way out of that feel kind of. ☺️
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O’Mara
First Time
I learned that i cant be scared to do something becuase it looks difficult to reach, that i have to try harder until I can get the fruit/task done.
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Cyndee
Grateful & Fortunate
I’ve spent 33 yrs at the same level of employment. The only raises I get come from that above and beyond gratuity a guest leaves me for the extra special experience I try to provide. I periodically get asked why I haven’t moved up to a Managment position. I reply by saying, it’s because I see what they go through in this business. They work long hrs, most weekends and eventually make more money than I do, but they usually have to transfer to another hotel in order to move up in management. I never wanted that, I love the area I live in and I liked working to live. I’m not crazy about the idea of spending hrs in meetings, having to deal with the frustrations of always hearing that we can’t make necessary changes because of corporate policy. I don’t have the cool car or the condo, but I can deal with that. I’m close to receiving my union pension, then I’ll start enjoying the benefits I’ve earned. I’ve felt frustrated in recent years for not achieving more because l’m older and it’s harder and painful. But l’ll make it, it was my choice. I still feel grateful & fortunate to have this life.🌅
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Matthew
Low hanging fruit
This story didn't resonate for me. The times I've been in a work position where i desired growth, I took steps to attempt to make it happen. It didn't often work in my favor, but I've done well over the years when employed by a company, and was often recognized for my contributions. I've even been able to make proposals to attempt to build my own growth for companies I've worked for...the trick is in making yourself invaluable! Yes, that means hard work and often extra unpaid hours, but its how I've best found my way in the corporate world!
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Crys
I felt
I got distracted but tried to focus. Great story. Just need my mind to focus.
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Jada
I felt
I really thought about how us humans just either try and if we can’t succeed, we just quit. It made me realize, animals are actually smarter than us. Not logically or scientifically, but In their minds. And how they react to certain obstacles. We have to face our obstacles and say “If an elephant were in this situation, what would they do”?
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Haley
Marsha’s elephant
Wild how humans don’t even Attempt something. They just talk themselves out of it. We need to go for the fruit. Until we get it. Don’t let others talk ya out, persuade us out- just go
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Bobby
My daughter’s perspective.
I used to do that when I was 3 but I am 8 so i grew out of it.
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Amy
Don’t stop trying
I just found out I wasn’t chosen for the 7 school prefect positions available, and I never really expected to get that position because I’ve never been a leader and this one failure just kinda nailed it in and I was just so ready to give up...but maybe there’s still another chance to try applying for something else?
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Linda
Marsha’s elephant
Nice to hear that sometimes a short memory can come in handy!
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Elyse
DID SHE GET PROMOTED??
I am just wondering if she got promoted...continue this story :)
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Kathy
Don’t let thought from you past effect your thoughts for today!
Just because something didn’t work out the way you wanted it to in the past doesn’t mean it will work out the same way today. What you do today is a new day and positive attitude can make it tun out just the way you hope it will! Hope for the best!
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Tiffany
Perfectionism and procrastination
I am working on letting go of perfectionism. This has been my reason to justify procrastination. Both of them allowed me to justify inaction. This is why I don’t reach for the fruit on the trees.
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Tina
similarities
i understand how she feels. i often put myself down, but this taught me that i should not. i am good enough.
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Aaditya
Marsha’s Elephant
I learned about self confidence and self conscious mind of the animals that often people are afraid of.
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Doug
Each day is a new life
Something that people don’t often realize is that negative experiences from the PAST don’t need to ruin how you feel NOW. Forget the negative views that you’ve held in the past about yourself and your life, and realize that you don’t need to accept them as true
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Cyndy
Just go for it
I learned that I need to persevere ❤️ and not be afraid of trying. If it doesn’t work one way I will try out a second way.
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Gaia
Stories
Not sure this ‘tale’ thing will work for me..but I listened carefully and I’ll try to remember it for times ahead!
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Jules
Good
I am always good enough and to never give up and that whenever life puts you down just keep trying
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Aida
Fellings
The story helped me encourage myself to do and try things that I want to achieve, without giving up.
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Trish
Discouragement
This is so true! How disappointing that we do this. I know I do. All it takes is once, twice tops and I wouldn’t even try something again. Not now though. After today, right now I am aware of what is happening and knowledge is power! Knowing is half the battle. Once you are aware you can begin to make changes, and I am ready to change!
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Laura
Elephant
I’m not really into short story meditations. I feel like my mind still wanders.
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Cierra Nicole
Lost
I felt the “girl” way too much and I learned that I still can’t get myself to be the elephant
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Kathy
Enuf
I love this story... Humans, compared to wild animals in my opinion, are often inherently lazy, unwilling to strive for real solutions to the problems that present themselves, and will turn their backs instead. In so doing, they turn their backs on themselves, their abilities, and their possible future successes because it is easier to walk away grumbling than it is to push the envelope and reach the heights needed for success.
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Gabriel
Marsha’s elephant
Never stop trying, look for the things that you want and you deserve, cause you mean a lot if you be leave it
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Jaena
Try and try again
Never give up. Try different methods until you find the one that works.
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Krisia
Comfort
I realized that we as humans love comfort. Once we find that comfort we are doomed to even try to change in certain aspects of our life. Instead of trying different ways to reach success, we simply give up and say “maybe it’s not meant for us” and that’s why many don’t achieve their full potential. We get lazy. We get comfortable in not moving forward. We settle. I remembered to not settle.
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Nahid
Awesome
It was absolutely one of the best parts of this app! It gave me everything i need for starting a new day.. I love it❤️
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Sam
My elephant
It’s that negative self talk. I loved this story, it reminded me of how, when I go to my anxiety place, that sometimes I think of how happy my dogs are just being dogs. This is a great story and we are animals- human animals after all.
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Elisabeth
I’m deserving
Our internalized thoughts and feelings direct our actions, paving the course of our life. Time can feel heavy with an abundance of tasks to complete towards our goal/goals. Yet, only we can step outside our comfort zone to reach for ultimate fulfillment. How silly to settle for something when I’m capable of immensely greater things? I deserve to go after my goals, regardless of how many obstacles I face, I can and I must be proactive.
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Sydney
Try
I realized that if you want something you don’t just try once and learn from it and leave. You try every way you can and learn from it until you’re successful .
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Klara
Stil failing my exams
I still keep trying and trying, giving all of me to pass it. I know I deserve it, but I've tried so many times. I don't believe I can do it.
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Jelicia
Confidence
Don't settle for less when you know you are worth more! demand what your worth
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Montsserrat
We should keep trying to have equiality
I’m too feminist tostop thinking Marsha hasn’t been promoted becase she’s a woman. I get the message of keep trying but couldn’t stop thinking Matsha’s problem was bigger.
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Sharmain
The power of positive thoughts
I am deserving. I am enough. I am going to fulfil my dreams and purpose. I am capable.
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Corey
I Might Be The Wrong Audience
I can understand why a lot of people could get a positive message from this. But the elephant & tree metaphor as it’s explained doesn’t work for me. Perseverance can be commendable but sometimes (offen?) a goal can be so far out of reach that no amount of desire or drive will bring it to fruition. As for not being held back by old failures, well, moving forward is fine but forgetting times you didn’t succeed can just as easily set you up for future disappointment. Maybe I’m too much of a pessimist, maybe I’m taking the story & advice too literally, maybe I’m just not the person a story like this is told for. But it just didn’t resonate with me.
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Tom
Marsha’s Elephant
To me this story reaffirms the need of persistence and self confidence. Never stop striving for your dreams, always look for different ways to achieve your goal, should one fail. Never stop
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Laura
Marsha’s elephant
It’s amazing how we can look around the world to nature and not only observe it, but learn from it. Not all humans give up, there are those that try over and over again. I am that person, i will be that person. I am that person!
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daniel
success
try your best always ask and go for i. life is to short for wat its we all end up the same way in the end .
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Fabiola
on and on
You have to keep going, no matter what are the circumstances you have to keep in the work until to make your dreams come true and then keep going, and enjoy your journey!
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Susan
Marsha's Elephant
Believe in yourself. Don't doubt. Keep trying again and again. Negative self talk will not lead to good things. Be the elephant.
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Prachi
from today's lesson i learned that one should never lose hope
if one method doesn't work than try other but stick to that if you really want to get yo next level.
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Jannat
Marsha’s Elephant
I learned that I should never give up, that I should continue and get up whenever I am knocked down. Just because something didn’t work once or even twice, doesn’t mean it won’t work the next time.
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Avery
Do you feel…
Knowing that she was confident boosted my knowledge in how to become more confident myself
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Sam
Elephant
My take away was with a little effort and determination anything is possible. And I love how the elephant has no negative self talk or thoughts of not being enough. It’s just hungry and wants some yummy fruit!
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Hannah
Never give up
This morning I understand in a better light that giving up is never an option. Keep trying don’t give up. Someday it’ll happen.
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Jim
Keep Trying
This story really spoke to me as it reminded me of my own work life. It is important to keep trying, and to see "failures" merely as temporary setbacks
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kenzie
thank you
I felt relaxed it helps so much thank you thank you thank you!!!
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Dianaliz
I felt very relaxed and calm
meditation helps me with stress for sure. It helps me relax. I was hysterical the other day and I meditated and I relaxed and reflected my situation. Meditation really does help me with controlling my emotions and my depression.
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Kayla
Marsha’s elephant
As humans we often are impacted by the negative of a situation, whereas animals understand that there are other ways to achieve a goal. When we have these negative thoughts or outcomes that influences the next time we try that same action, causing us to remember that one negative experience
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Brit
Marsha's Elephant Experience
Listening to this short story was calming and motivating. The simplicity of it made it easy to follow, and relaxing, but at the same time, the story had a deeper meaning that left the reader on a positive note. The only down fall was that it only lasted three minutes. 7.5/10
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Imani
My life
This whole story just remind me that I’m strong and it explains where I am in my life right now.
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LilyAnna
dont stop
i learned that if i really want something i should put my mind to it and get it done and dont let anything stop me
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Susie
enough
the though always pops in my head that I am not enough. No matter what I do or how much I do it always comes back. this story was the jump start I need to begin to change that mindset and start being enough for myself and not others.
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Saba
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I felt so calm and comfortable I'm so much better now I think this is so useful for me it worked!
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Elisabeth
Breathe
I can only hope that things will improve with time and effort
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Angel
Tired
I’m so tired of fighting and hiding up in my room just not to deal the problem
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Grace
Try
I'm done with saying that I can't do it. I can. I just need to relax my brain and go for the high up piece of fruit.
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stephanus
never quit
Like the elephant, i will keep trying different solutions till i have one that works. Optimism is key
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Misha
Never quit
Despite my recent experiences. I know that I am worthy and I am enough. I also know that I deserve and am worthy of so much more than I have recently been receiving from my relationships and outside efforts as of late. I just need to remember that as long as i never allow myself to become completely jaded by my disappoints in this life, that there will always be new opportunities for me to receive the type of love and respect that I deserve from a faithful, honest and true individual in a same sex platonic relationship. I have already obtained a balanced and nurturing true love romantic relationship in this life that I have zero doubts about. If I can find that, then I’m way ahead of the game and anything that still currently eludes me is still obtainable with the right amount of time, patience, effort, and faith.
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Jose
I’ve never quit I’ve been told I’m stubborn, but I know I’m strong willed
I can’t let bad thoughts dictate my outcome and that I’m in charge of taking action and not one setback deteriorate me from taking whats mine
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Zach
Setbacks = Exercising my creative mind
Setbacks are necessary. Setbacks engage me, excite me and grow me. Setbacks bring color and purpose to my life, letting me know I can be more, do more and have more.
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Susan
Marsha's Elephant
Be wild! Keep reaching up. If you could not do it yesterday, try again today. Do not hold on to past mistakes. Try again. Find a new way.
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Sarah
struck
i think i realised i didn’t love myself as much as i thought i did, i never aimed high because i didn’t think i was good enough...
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Faith Peters
Don’t quit
To always keep fighting for what you want no matter how hard the battle is.
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Antman
Aura
I learned that have to sleep normally without bad dreams and nightmares  there will be none of monsters 
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Miss Janet
Sleep Feelings
I love the sound of water. Something about nature takes my mind away from reality. Like peace would sound like the flow of water and nature.
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Noel
Sleepy
I feel very at one with myself, and very tired after listening to this story with the nice rainfall in the background and the soft tweeting of the birds.
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Aliesha
Falling asleep sooner
I need to clear my head more in order to fall asleep quicker.
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Gemini
Past experiences
Past experience shouldn't hold back your future. I've been afraid to try because things haven't worked out well before.
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Dola
Makes you think
Makes you evaluate and rethink on how you approach life. Thank you.
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Betsynjeff
Know your worth..know you are worth never giving up on yourself and your dreams.....................
You are enough...........,.................. Be kind to yourself always ..no matter....
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Erin
Elephants
Always try again and don’t feel underserving if they fail the first time.
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Terri Dearborn
So much to do...need to remember to be in the moments!
I learned that I'm stronger than I ever thought possible. I'm a very giving person and it makes me feel good to help others. I'm very thankful and truly feel blessed.
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Sarah
Still can't sleep....
Although I have learned that I need to try harder and not give up so easily. Things can be figured out and gained by working on it and not giving up on things
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emily
Day 3
I learned to never give up and always keep trying new things.
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Heather
Marsha’s Elephant
Relaxing to listen to Felt a sense of calm come over me The background sounds are just right
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Zoe
Empowered
I learned that you should always keep trying because you are enough
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Alichia
I learned that
I am enough to fulfill my goals. It’s gonna take some hard work and I may not succeed right away but if I keep at it, I will succeed.
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Kenya Sarai
My feeling
Never stop reaching to be your higher self , and take your mind off the negative.
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Megs
We must believe
Believe in yourself! You are good enough and so worthy of your dreams.
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Alexia
Marsha’s Elephant
If I want something I should do everythimg I can to get it. Not just give up after one try.
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Kyla
Just because something doesn’t work out like we planned doesn’t mean it won’t work out another time.
Don’t give up trying your best. I am inspired to keep trying and overcoming obstacles
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Susie
Marsha's Elephant
I learned that you have to keep trying, and don't give up. You may not find the thing that works right away.