Monday, February 21, 2011

How to Catch a Monkey

In India, people have caught monkeys by setting out a small box with a tasty nut inside of it. There is an opening in the box just large enough for the monkey to thrust his hand in to the box but too small for him to withdraw it while his hand is clenched around the nut. 

Once the monkey has reached into the box and grabbed the nut it wants so badly, it is faced with a choice.  It must either let go and regain his freedom, or hold on and stay trapped.  Most  monkeys hold on to the nut and this makes it easy for people to catch them.

The lesson here is to ask yourself what you are holding onto that, in reality, has you stuck.  Is there something in your life that you hold so tightly thinking you are getting a treat, but if you let go, you would gain your freedom?

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