I remember being a child and seeing the three wise monkeys sitting somewhere I went on a regular basis. I believe it was the doctor’s office. I would stare at them and think about the meaning. As a child, you are constantly asking questions about the world and if you’re lucky, you have good influences in your life to help guide you. No matter what you do, sometimes it is hard to avoid the first one. “See” no evil. It is everywhere. Around us daily, just waiting to happen.
It is suggested that the legend of the monkeys was derived from Analects of Confucius. Basically, it said this: “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety” Meaning do no evil as well. What am I getting at today? I’ll tell you.
I had another doctor appointment today and it got me thinking about things in life. You can approach life as best you see fit, but I am saddened to see that most people heap negativity on top of negativity no matter what they do. If you are on Facebook, scroll through your feed and look at the types of things people post. If you would like, delete the evil you see. That’s right. Hide them. Poof. Gone. Next, check out your surroundings. Do you have positive books around you? If not, get a few. Make an attempt to see no evil…especially if you can control it.
Hear no evil. Watch the news all the time? Tired of the ugliness out there? Turn it off. Yes, I know it’s still there. Pray, meditate, think nice things, or do what makes you feel good instead. Have a friend who always calls to tell you when bad things happen? Or a ahem grandma? Be honest. Say something like, I am making an attempt to create a positive space around me and I would love to talk to you, but I want to hear about what’s good in your life lately. Can you please help me with that? I think it would be good for both of us. If they don’t understand, well, you still win because now they call you less.
Speak no evil. This one is really hard, I know. Let’s say you are trying to put some positive vibes out in the universe and whoever it is, keeps pushing back with negative. It’s all about them at that moment, no matter what you might think, it is not your battle. I know this goes with previous posts, but it is true. Hurt people want others to hurt. I know people who remain so lost in their own pain that they can’t focus on the good at any time. I keep those people as far away as I can. Some I have to see at holidays. Ahem, but others, I don’t. Don’t let them drag you down. If they can’t find other topics, they need to be on limited access to you. So, I say to you the same thing I say to my FB group: