Do you know the 3 Wise Monkeys? The image looks familiar to us all. They are usually small statuettes of three monkeys, one covering his eyes, another his ears, and another his mouth. But what do they really mean?
The 3 Wise Monkeys originated in Japan, where they have been known since the 17th century. There are many possible meanings and we’ll probably never know exactly what was meant, but let’s take something positive from this today and focus on the traditional interpretation.
3 Wise Monkeys teach a prudent and sensible approach to life. It is believed that the monkeys’ gestures were a representation of a command to “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” In other words the wise man is prudent in what he looks at, in what he listens to, and in what he says. He considers the consequences, makes sensible decisions and if he does not know what to do, he asks.
So if these are 3 Wise Monkeys let’s take their advice. Let’s follow the meaning of this traditional Japanese proverb. How can you do it for yourself today?
- Your true self
- Your positive and bright future in a year, two or five from now
- What you CAN do
- The real “picture” of your true potential
- Opportunities not obstacles
- Problems as challenges
- Opportunities for learning every day
- With your mind open to what others and your environment have to offer
- Someone else for who they are and accept it
- Identify every single person who is in your support system. Can you clearly see their input into your success?
- The words of support others have to offer
- The voice of your true self (it’s there all the time – be quiet, be still – and you will hear it)
- Your own internal voice but only when it contributes to your success
- Affirmations, words of gratitude and evidence of success – repeat them to yourself daily and REALLY hear them
- Who do you listen to every day? Make sure that the voices of people around you are supportive and encouraging
- Positive feedback and learn to accept it
- Someone when they ask for help and offer them undivided attention
- The words of inspiration when they are offered to you
- The words of advice you are given – try on a piece of advice from a friend – see if it fits you
- Only encouraging words to yourself and others
- Name all of your successes at the end of each day
- About positive events, sharing only good news
- Having considered the consequences of what you are about to say to yourself and those around you
- To others offering advice and your expertise
- Taking every opportunity to tell someone that you appreciate them
- Asking questions that enable progress
- About opportunities not troubles
- Ask someone ‘how they are’ and listen, really listen, to what they say instead of rushing off
These are a few of our ideas. What would you add to see wisely, hear wisely and speak wisely in your own life?
Sometimes there is a fourth Wise Monkey. It’s said that it’s meaning is “think no evil” or “do no evil”. You can choose.
Our development starts inside us before it can be seen in our actions and it becomes visible to others. So now is the time for you to discover how you want to “Think wisely” every day.
We look forward to your comments.
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