There has been a happy monkey roaming the forest, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he stumbled upon a house, where he saw a bowl of beautiful apples. He took one from each hand and fled back into the forest. She sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to be arrogant, but he hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held them very tight.
He proudly admired his new possessions as he roamed the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and they seemed perfect to him. He clung to them, so that he did not even notice his hunger at first.
The fruit tree reminded him, but he felt the apples in his hands. He could not bear to put them down for fruit. In fact, he would not be free, either, if he would protect his apples. Proud, but
the unhappy monkey continued to walk on the forest trails.
Apples gained weight, and the poor little monkey decided to leave it behind. He was tired, hungry, and unable to climb trees or collect fruit in his hands. What if he just stopped?
Leaving such valuables seemed foolish, but what else could he do? He was very tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling its fruit, was enough. He threw away apples made of wood and prepared his meal. He was happy again.
Like the little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too precious to give up. The man treats his image as “productive” – he treats it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life. Still, stopping to walk seems insane. Even his concern is the sacred apples – proving that he “does all he can.” He clings to them by force.
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