If you’re human, you’ve probably experienced the pain of letting go. It can be difficult to step away from something that you think you really want, even if isn’t serving you well.

That toxic-but-exciting relationship. The ever-present cell phone. The job that is comfortable, even if it isn’t what you would love to do.

Monkeys in the jungle used to be caught by placing a banana in a cage with bars that were so close, the monkey could slide in its open hand. Once it grasped the banana, however, the hand became a fist. That fist clenching the banana was trapped behind the bars, giving the hunter plenty of time to net the monkey and capture it. (Other hunters placed a banana in a jar, with the same result.)

If the monkey dropped the banana and fled, he would be free. Holding onto the delicious food meant losing something more precious – freedom.

What are your “bananas?” What are you giving up, because you are reluctant to let go of something else?

How have you crafted a better future by letting go of something? Comment below or message us.

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