Saturday, December 27, 2008

Don't let monkeys ruin your party.

I know I said I don't make new year resolutions but there are certain faults that I must mend if I am to have a prosperous new year as all the christmas cards I have received wish me to. Before I proceed I would live to make it abundantly clear that when I put my mind on doing something I more often that not see it out to its full conclusion(Ask the women). While we are on the subject I would also like to point out if I may that the fulfillment of any goal is based on the firm belief of a positive outcome, any doubts or misgivings will most certainly put paid to your ambitions.

That said you need to have steadfast faith in your abilities to acheive your dream and you must never waver even in the face of great adversity, it's called perseverance and it can be demonstrated by this little fact I learnt from a Chinese bamboo grower.

You take a little seed, plant it, water it, and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens.The second year you water and fertilize it, and nothing happens.The third year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. How discouraging this becomes!The fourth year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. This is very frustrating.The fifth year you continue to water and fertilize the seed and then sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo tree sprouts and grows ninety feet in six weeks. Don't know about you but Me i would have given up in the second year and moved on to sugarcane (don't always practise what i preach).

Live your life according to your own rules and ideas, accept advice only to further your goal and don't let your beliefs to be diluted by attitudes and popular agenda, but this may be quite difficult as this experiment found.

There was an interesting experiment that started with five monkeys in a cage. A banana hung inside the cage with a set of steps placed underneath it. After a while, a monkey went to the steps and started to climb towards the banana, but when he touched the steps, he set off a spray that soaked all the other monkeys with cold water. Another monkey tried to reach the banana with the same result. It didn't take long for the monkeys to learn that the best way to stay dry was to prevent any monkey from attempting to reach the banana.The next stage of the experiment was to remove the spray from the cage and to replace one of the monkeys with a new one. Of course, the new monkey saw the banana and went over to climb the steps. To his horror, the other monkeys attacked him. After another attempt, he learnt that if he touched the steps, he would be assaulted.Next, another of the original five was replaced with a new monkey. The newcomer went to the steps and was attacked. The previous newcomer joined in the attack with enthusiasm!Then, a third monkey was replaced with a new one and then a fourth. Every time a newcomer approached the steps, he was attacked. Most of the monkeys beating him had no idea why they were not allowed to climb the steps or why they were joining in the beating of the newest monkey.After replacing the fifth monkey, none of the monkeys had ever been sprayed with water. Still, no monkey ever approached the steps. Why not? Because as far as they knew it was the way it had always been done around here.

New year wishes to Lulu, Jny, Cheri, UGgirl, Emi's, Apr9, Nevender, Erique, Angela, Mudamuli, Tamzel, Robyn, Silverbow, Eizzy and all the bloggers who have made my stay in Blogistan a blast.

Surely you didn't expect me to make resolutions, did you?


  1. Happy New Year to you too, Carsozy! And I love that monkey story - too true! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh, allow me to just double back and dance these firsties. I'm inna da mood.

  3. Thanx Mr. Carsozy.
    Those monkeys should have just "shot" down the bogoya. Daft creatures.
    About doin things to conclusion, way to go.

    Have a blessed 2k9.

  4. Petesma - It's a pleasure.

    Jny23 - ope u conclude 2k8 with a bang.

  5. Happy new year to you too my dear...i think i would also give up on bamboo in the first six months (i mean in five years i would turn forma teenager to an adult)I will stay with muwogo

  6. nga you have been learning alot this year, from bamboos to monkeys.... lol? i am waiting for what this yr has for you...btw, lets plant a bamboo tree how about that for this yr? 2k9? or we go undercover to capture know you have always dreamed of such expeditions...this is your chance. happy nu year darling

  7. Thank you, You did come with a Bang and it has be great sharing the dying year with you.
    looking forward to this coming year with much anticipation.

    As for that Tree story, One should know/set an expected time of arrival before giving up on some stuff. If your wife is pregnant for 14 weeks and there is still no baby, just know she was lying and then try again or get that Divorce.

    True about the Monkeys, so true but if you are averse to road blocks like me, that banana would have been eaten.

    Happy New Year!!!

  8. Oh thanks Coochie coo...glad I was part of the kumbaya that made your stay a blast.

    Happy new year to u too.

  9. Thanx.......a fab 09 to u too.

    Interesting perspective of viewing things....lookin forward to this year.

  10. Undeniable wisdom right there.
    Happy '09! :)