English: Yawning Vervet Monkey. Samburu Nation...

Yawning Vervet Monkey. Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two monkeys, a father and his young son, were sitting in a large tree together.

The son turned to his dad and said, “I’m hungry, can you get me some leaves to eat?”

The father looked at his son and smiled, “Well, then you had better get some yourself.”

“But I don’t know how.” the son protested.

“You have a choice,”  responded the dad.  “You can pick the dry, unpalatable leaves that are found near the trunk or you can go to the edge of the limbs and choose the freshest, most delectable leaves.”

“That’s not fair, why can’t the nicest leaves be found where everyone can get to them easily?”

“That’s just the point.  If everyone could get to them, they wouldn’t be so fresh.”

“But it’s risky to go out on the smaller branches.  They could break or I could lose my grip and fall!”

“Son, listen closely.  If you remember this, you’ll be successful in everything that you do and will always have the nicest leaves to eat.  When you take a risk and go out on a limb, the fall isn’t nearly as bad as it looks.”

“But why doesn’t every monkey go and get the fresh leaves?” asked the son.

“Because fear of perceived danger is a powerful motivator and too many monkeys would rather eat rubbish and complain about it than take a risk and go for what they really want.  The opportunities are out there son, go get them!”

Which leaves are you eating?

The safe, ordinary, common ones or the ones worth taking a risk for?

Does your cautiousness hold you back from getting the most out of life or are you going out on a limb to find the opportunities that few others are willing to take advantage of?

Do you look with a mix of envy and admiration at those who are doing what you want to do?

Or are you living a life of risk, knowing that the fall is rarely as bad as it looks?

Join us where the good leaves are.

It’s exhilarating!

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