Day 88: Why Monkey Bars Are Magical


When did you last try to swing on some monkey bars?


“The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there’s gold in letting go of them.”  John Seely Brown

Monkey bars are sure to stir a memory or two.  Some say they’re too dangerous, and others say they build character.  Why do they attract us?

Monkey bars stretch us. Getting started is probably the scariest part.  I remember having to stretch forward pretty far just to get to the first bar.   Then, I dangled around trying to figure out what to do next and was keenly aware of the reason they were called “monkey bars.” If we aren’t willing to risk some embarrassment, we’ll never be successful on them.  I guess we’re attracted to the idea of mastering something difficult.

Monkey bars make us let go. The whole monkey bar concept is to let go of one in order to get to the next.  Letting go is the way to move forward. That’s a life lesson.  We tend to get comfortable with what we’re doing not realizing that letting go might open up something magical we never thought we could do.

Monkey bars can cause us to take the fall. There are times when I realize I’m not going to make it across.  In that case, I’ve just a couple of choices—keep on trying to hang there for a while or just let go.  As the old song says, “know when to fold ‘em.”  Letting go to take the fall can be difficult, but sometimes it helps us start over in better ways and on more reasonable tasks.

“Some think it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.” Sylvia Robinson


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