FW: the monkey with the wooden apples

A forwarded mail from Venki (Today’s Kagga)…

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, 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 became heavier, and 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 it’s 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. A man carries an image of himself as “productive” – carries it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life.

Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples – they prove he’s “doing everything he can.” He holds onto them compulsively.

7 Responses to “FW: the monkey with the wooden apples”

  1. Destination Infinity Says:

    That was an interesting story. We are all monkeys indeed! But I don’t think real monkeys would behave like that. They are more sensible than us!

    Destination Infinity

  2. Sanjay M Says:

    ha ha ha good one DI ROFL :mrgreen:

  3. shashi Says:

    hi Sanjay, thanks for Todays Kagga link i have become a member of the group

  4. Den Relojo Says:

    Right now, I am in a state of denial about my own wooden apples. I know I have my set of them, but I refuse to acknowledge it. I hope that someday, I will earn enough courage to let go of those wooden aoples and climb my way to reach for the real ones.

  5. mergingpoint Says:

    A valuable and most insightful post described in such simplicity. 🙂

  6. Sanjay M Says:

    Den, you’ve hit the nail on the head… this was exactly the topic of one follow up post coming up.

    You’re welcome Shashi.

    Glad you liked the forwarded email, mergingpoint!

  7. Anusha Says:


    Very thought-provoking! I’m so glad I bumped into this story. I’m still holding onto my wooden apples… letting go sure takes a lot! Maybe I need the fruit trees to goad me a little more.

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