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Once Upon A Time…

by Vidya Sury March 4, 2009 5 comments

Here’s a nice story, folks:

There once was a happy monkey wandering the jungle, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest. He sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.

He admired his new possessions proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He became so attached to them, that he didn’t even notice his hunger at first. A fruit tree reminded him of his hunger, but he felt the apples in his hands. He couldn’t bear to set them down to reach for the fruit. In fact, he couldn’t relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.

The apples felt heavy, and at one point the poor little monkey thought about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn’t climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go? Letting go of such valuable things seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling its fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples and reached up for his meal. He was happy again.

Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. Shiny wooden apples leave us tired and hungry for a better life. Still, letting go seems crazy. Even our worries are sacred apples – they prove we are “doing everything we can.” We hold onto them compulsively.

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Colleen March 11, 2009 at 3:38 am

What a great story! It is hard letting go!

Vidya Sury March 11, 2009 at 5:03 am

Hi Colleen! Hard to let go – I know through personal experience – that is why this story touched a sensitive spot 🙂

Thank you for dropping by and do visit again.

Indian instrumental music March 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

So true. Letting go is the less trodden path.

Anonymous July 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Sometimes it is better to let go of words that create negative vibrations. Take the word ‘worry’ as an example. It can be replaced by ‘concern’, which is a positive word and gives one the confidence of being able to find a solution. Worry speaks of anxiety, whilst concern
is hope-fully assuring.

As primates ’tis a bit dicey to resist temptations.

Vidya Sury July 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

@ Anonymous – thanks for the comment. You are right. Actually, of late I’ve been telling a lot of people to substitute words that sound positive – makes a huge difference to the outlook!


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