Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Monkey Man gets wet for a cause

The Monkey Man was challenged by one of the other monkeys in the troop to do a silly thing today.  He was asked to participate in what has become known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The purpose of this activity is to raise awareness and money for a sickness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  In accepting this challenge, the Monkey Man had a bucket of ice and water dumped on his head. The moment the ice water hit, the Monkey Man's body flinched and seized up, it took his breath away. From the Monkey Man's studies, these are some of the symptoms that monkeys who have ALS feel on a regular basis.

The Monkey Man knows there are many different illnesses and diseases that the monkey doctors are working on finding cures and treatments.  He encourages all monkeys around the world to help when and if they can.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Monkey Man's latest ponderings

Time flies quickly and the Monkey Man hasn't been focused on sharing his thoughts for quite some time....actually for several years.  So forgive him for his rambling.

The Monkey Man has been in a bit of a somber mood the past few days. What brought on the somber mood was the passing of a great, entertaining monkey from this jungle to the great jungle in the sky. This particular monkey appeared in television shows, stand-up comedy shows and in many movies. Although he could put on a very serious face, he was known more for making all the other monkeys laugh until they cried.  He brought perspective to those he entertained, including the Monkey Man.

Most of the monkeys in the jungle, didn't know or understand how this great monkey suffered. In many ways, he suffered in silence. His outward appearance didn't reflect how he felt inside. This great monkey suffered from a sickness called depression.

Many monkeys suffer from depression.  It can come in many forms but is commonly known by the monkey being unhappy, sad and not feeling like swinging from vine to vine. It could make a monkey sleep all the time and not feel like being around other monkeys.  It is a sickness that can make a monkey unable to do things they normally do.

The good news about this sickness is there is help available.  Other monkeys can also help out. If you see a monkey that is acting or feeling like this, talk to them. Let them know that you are concerned about them, after all it is the responsibility of each monkey to help the other monkeys in the troop. The monkey doctors also have ways of helping.  There is a telephone number that monkeys can use if they are feeling this way or know of other monkeys that could use this help. The phone number is 1-800-273-8255.

Although this sad event has made the Monkey Man sad for a short time, it has made him realize that each monkey needs to spend more time smiling, laughing, and caring for the monkey troop.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Monkey Man is alive and well

The Monkey Man has taken a bit of a hiatus from writing and has decided it is time to share some wisdom with the monkeys of the web world.

Recently, the Monkey Man took a trip into the city where he searched for interesting things to photograph. He ventured into an old building used to manage the workings of the surrounding jungle. While inside, the Monkey Man took two pictures of some iron work on a staircase that was only inches apart.

Upon arriving home and looking at the pictures, the Monkey Man noticed something he found very intriguing. The iron in the first picture looked much as it did when it was first installed while the iron in the second picture was full of dings, chips and blemishes.
This got the Monkey Man pondering. What had caused the damage to the iron that appeared in the second picture? Why was there no damage to the iron in the first picture while there was in the second, even though there was just inches seperating where the pictures were taken?
The Monkey Man then started thinking about how these two pictures can show what it is like in the lifes of other monkeys. Why does it seem that some monkeys go through life without challenges, unblemished while others get dinged, bumped and chipped? Why do some challenges leave marks while other challenges don't? Do other monkeys notice the blemishes left by the challenges we face?
Here is what the Monkey Man thinks:
ALL monkeys go through challenges.
Some leave dings, chips and bumps, others don't.
Some monkeys will notice the challenges, others don't.
Regardless of the challenges each monkey faces,
regardless if others see the marks left,
regardless if other monkeys notice, help, or ignore the challenges....
...the challenges each monkey faces resembles the two pictures the Monkey Man took.
Each is unique, each has character and each has a story to tell.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Aging Monkey Man And The World He Lives In

The Monkey Man was up rather early this morning pondering and discussing with Mrs. Monkey how much the world has changed since he was a young chimp.

As a small chimp, the Monkey Man remembers hearing the elder chimps talk of a simpler time. He didn't really know what that meant, but as he was lay in bed pondering, the meaning became a little clearer. There have been a lot of technological advances during the Monkey Man's life including home computers, video games, cell phones, microwaves, and many other luxuries that today's chimps along with the Monkey Man enjoy. Does the Monkey Man think these inventions, that make our lives easier, have contributed both positively and negatively to society? Absolutely!

While contemplating on how different the world is today, a few thing stood out to the Monkey Man. There are many influences on today's chimps that have seemed to deteriorate the attitudes and quality of life for today's chimps. When the Monkey Man was growing up, the television and movies he watched was full of shows that were less violent, less sexual and less graphic than today's programming. Does the Monkey Man think this has played a role in the attitude of the chimp populace? Absolutely!

Another influence the Monkey Man was contemplating is the lack of involvement between young chimps and their elders. The Monkey Man thought of how involved his parents were in his life.
They knew the chimps he played with.
They knew the parents of the chimps he played with.
They knew what he was doing and how he was doing in school.
They weren't afraid to let the Monkey Man know when he was not behaving appropriately. They taught him how to be a good chimp. This didn't mean the Monkey Man always acted appropriately, in fact he often showed how curious and mischievous he was, but one thing stood out, he didn't want to disappoint the elder chimps.
The Monkey Man started thinking about how today's chimps behave. Many of them have little interaction with their parents. They are left to tend to themselves or rely on other young chimps to care for them while both mother and father chimp are at work, trying to earn the means to pay for all of lives amenities. Trying to keep up with the other chimp families. Trying to survive in a world of economic insecurity, greed, and desire. Does the Monkey Man think the lack of involvement on the part of parent chimps play a role in the deterioration of society? Absolutely

The Monkey Man began to wonder if he was turning into one of the elder chimps of yesterday, always talking of living in a simpler time. The Monkey Man may be getting a bit older, but he is also getting a bit wiser. He knows the world isn't going to go back to a time that is simpler. He does want to make the monkey world a better place. One where he makes a conscious decision to improve the jungle around him and to help the other chimps in the worldwide troop. The Monkey Man would like to share his wisdom with you by encouraging you to make a difference in the life of the chimps around you. He would like you to go out every day and do one act of kindness, whether big or small, that will make the world a better place not only for you, but for all the chimps in the jungle.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Bad Monkey and Learning to Juggling

The monkey man has not been good at posting lately, but with spring time upon us, it is a time for renewal and recommitment! Instead of dwelling on the monkey man being a bad monkey and not updating the blog, let's think about finding balance or something else.....

Today's thought comes from a discussion the monkey man was having with his cousin chimp. The monkey man was talking about how he likes to find balance in things and many times it is hard to find that balance. The wise cousin chimp then reminded the monkey man that "if you can't find balance, learn to juggle."

Isn't it great to have a sage around to share such wise words?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Monkey Man's Christmas

The Monkey Man had one of the best Christmas Holidays of his life and it was all due to the amazing monkey troop.

One of the older chimps called all the troop together for a brief meeting on Christmas Eve morning. The purpose of the meeting was to see if the troop wanted to pitch in on a gift for the Monkey Man. This special gift was to be something special the Monkey Man has always longed to have, but could never bring himself to get for himself. The older chimp told the other monkeys to contribute what they could, and he would take care of the rest. The youngest monkey said, "but I only have a dollar". The older monkey replied that if that is all they had and could contribute, that would be sufficient. With the monkeys in agreement, Mrs. Monkey Man did the shopping.

Christmas Day arrived and the monkeys in the troop were very excited. There was a lot of chatter as one of the monkeys brought out the main electric guitar. The monkeys all giggled as they said, "but there is more...." and another monkey brought out an amplifier. The chatter continued with "but there is more...." and yet another monkey brought out a cord for the guitar. "But there is more..." was the chant repeated again and again as the chimps in the troop brought out additional pieces of the perfect gift, an electronic tuner, picks, a guitar strap, and a guitar book. The Monkey Man was nearly in tears at the thoughtfulness of the troop.

The Monkey Man now has the challenge of learning how to play this wonderful gift. That is his New Years Resolution!

The Monkey Man thanks the Monkey Troop for their love and giving nature! You all are truly the best!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Time passes so quickly!!!

The Monkey Man can't believe how quickly time passes by.
He remembers as a young chimp how it seemed like holidays, birthdays and other major events seemed to take forever to arrive. But as the Monkey Man has advanced in his age the days, weeks, months and years just seem to fly by so quickly. He has heard so many primates query "Where has the past year gone?"
This has got the Monkey Man to thinking....Why does time seem to go by so much quicker as we get older?

Is it because we don't anticipate events like young chimps do? Is it because we get so busy with our day to day living that we forget to take some time to enjoy the anticipation of an event?

The Monkey Man does not know why time flies by quickly for you, but he does know that he needs to take some time to enjoy the anticipation.

The Monkey Man would also like to take this time to wish all of you a very merry Christmas! He also wishes you the best for the coming year!