We choose the chain
Slip the collar over our head
We make the bed that we lie in
Life is a series of decisions
If you find yourself stuck
Begin where you are
Get out of bed
Unclip the chain
Throw away the collar
For the way you make your bed
*We are over governed and legislated in this country
Because of complaints and litigation
And it will only get worse as long as individuals blame and coerce for their own benefit
Instead of taking personal responsibility and personal contribution seriously
Header photo: the “speak no evil” monkey – found in a thrift shop without his usual companions “hear no evil” and “see no evil”
We used to have a set of these monkeys (though much smaller) on the book case when I was growing up
It was odd to see him by himself yet also somehow appropriate
We can’t control the other two
People will speak evil and we will hear it, we will see evil too, unfortunately it’s a given.
But we can control our own actions and speech – in fact it’s one of the few autonomous choices we have
And therefore precious
Hence – this is the only monkey in the group that matters to me.
I glued up his foot and he sits in my office to remind me to try not to contribute to the suffering of this world.
9 thoughts on “The chained monkey”
One of the few things I insisted on keeping when my father passed was his small brass figure of the three monkeys haha. I always remember seeing it as a child.
Thats lovely. It’s the little things isn’t it? I don’t know where the little monkeys from my childhood ended up but my sister found some just like them in a store and got them and I have my bigger dude. Did you Dad have the three elephants too?
Couldn’t agree more with, Kate. To take responsibility for our own actions instead of blaming others. So well put.
Even monkeys get it hey Len?
Not you! I meant the monkey in the photo 😂 wow that could have been construed very badly!
As a matter of fact, I was eating a banana while reading your message.
Love the odd banana myself Len and I agree, very appropriate. 😂
I have a wooden sculpture of the trio in my succulent garden. I agree: We have the power to control our actions and speech.
So many people know the monkeys – a worldwide concept. I love the idea of statues haven’t seen that