Metaphysical Monkey Day.

Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves. ― Milan Kundera

Monkeys sometimes ask "why" too...

Monkeys sometimes ask “why” too…

Doug and I are having one of those days where, in spite of ourselves, we are questioning everything.

Yes, we write all about how to find contentment, and your path in life, and all kinds of inspiring things. We’re no different than you though.

We don’t have all the answers (even if we pretend we do). We still get stressed out in spite of trying to always live in the present moment.

We’re having a Milan Kundera  kind of day (If you haven’t read The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, you need to!).

Life happens to monkeys too, and we struggle to assimilate into our greater existence… and sometimes we fail…

I think I need to take my own advice today… I need to re-read my posts about contentment… About living in the moment…. About gratitude.

While a lot is happening in monkey town in the next couple of weeks, I’ll still be alive come January 1st… Life goes on. I just have to remember to live it…



  1. Even a Squirrel asks the same questions as da monkey mind :)…lol…
    yess agree bout contentment; especially when dis sorted and grounded because of snow
    hope ya have happy holidaze and see some fun posts wit ur pet! 🙂 … chow over an out fer now 🙂 …Q

    1. Thanks. No snow here but the holidays are approaching… That’s the point right there, I guess. No matter how we feel right now, life keeps on moving… We might as well get on board and enjoy it…

  2. This is exactly it: “Life goes on. I just have to remember to live it…” Enjoy every minute of life!

    1. It’s easy to forget to do this sometimes. I’m working on it!

  3. Have to go with the flow, as they say.

    1. Exactly. I needed to unblock my flow…

      1. New day, the unblocking continues… Maybe I need a metaphysical plunger…

  4. I absolutely ADORE this quote AND your post. You are a wise Monkey, the one and the two of you! AH ! The Unbearable Lightness of Being! GREAT recommendation. And YES, you will still be alive come January – I actually still have to remind myself every time I go to the dentist 🙂

    Mighty Monkeys do not choose easy lives. Easy lives do not give us the chance to grow into our full brightness. You are doing GREAT!

    In Love, Julie

    1. It’s one of my favorite books… It’s funny how worry can make you feel like life is about to end. I’ve overcome it for the most part, but it sometimes ambushes me still.

      Thanks for the support you provide. You always are ready with the encouragement… I appreciate it.

  5. Just keep swimming..just keep swimming… All the best to you and your family this season John. I don’t know how much I’ll have time to pop around and read, so I wanted to say something now. I love your blog, you’re doing a wonderful thing…

    1. Hey Robin- Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts. Well wishes to you and your family as well. I hope you keep posting updates on your work… I enjoy following your efforts and creative process…

  6. I enjoy your reminder to show gratitude as it is essential to a healthy life. When we do fail, it is an art to fail well and to fail forward for me and monkeys alike.

    1. It’s also one of the hardest things to do sometimes. I like the idea of failing forward. I’ve been doing it wrong! I usually fail in place, or even tip over backwards…

  7. It’s all about riding those waves, valleys and swells, lookin’ around. “Hmm, interesting. Look what I’m learning now.” 🙂

    1. I agree. Keeping a mindset of learning, not suffering, is key. Sometimes I forget that.

  8. We all have those days. The most important thing is to recognize them as such and just move on with it. 🙂

    1. I agree. Today is a better day already…

  9. It is sooo easy to get stressed around Christmas time. So many expectations! Sometimes you just want to relax and enjoy being together without all the added stress of cards, presents, huge dinners, mad shopping, frantic crowds, piped muzak, advertising……
    Just enjoy being with your partner and daughters John (and of course Doug) and chill out for a while. The motivation will return!

    1. Thanks Penny. I realized I haven’t taken a day off away from the computer since starting my blog! If I’m not writing a post, I’m interacting with other bloggers, researching blogging and business ideas or just planning my next steps.

      I think that I just got a bit worn down after three months without a day off… And worrying about what’s going to happen with my daughter, money the holidays blah blah blah… But, my problems are just like everyone else’s. we’re all dealing with something.

  10. boobooda7 · · Reply

    You are a very talented monkey. Keep the faith in yourself. This time of doubt will pass and you can actually use it to make you stronger. Here’s another job thought: How about making your own line of greeting cards? Now there’s some happy monkey business!

    1. That’s a good idea! I know nothing about creating and producing cards, but that’s what Google is for. I’m planning to spend today researching product ideas, and I’ll add this to the list.

  11. Dude …I love your drawings. Doug needs to be a series of children’s books. accepts portfolios to be mailed to them they also have a word press blog with information about it. Consider it. Good luck

    1. Thanks for the tip! I’ve been thinking about doing a children’s book… I even bought a couple how-to books on creating them. I’m going to check out the link right now… Thanks.

      1. here’s the exact link;

        at the bottom of the article of Mining for Gold is an email to submit portfolios etc. Good luck, keep me posted, maybe my kids will be reading one of your books. 🙂

  12. What a great post, in all ways. I too have those days, many of them. So many ups and downs during this time around. My greatest solice comes from knowing that there is “life between life”

    And the quote you posted re: Mother Theresa: Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow hasn’t come. All we have is today. So let us begin.

    I remember that so so often. And remind others of the same.

    Thank you for your great Monkey Soul work !

    1. Thanks Julie- It seems like a bumpy ride sometimes. I know nothing stays the same though, and the down always leads to an up… It took me a while to trust that this is true.

  13. Hi Doug,

    Thanks for liking my post. My blog is all over the place. Trying to lighten up and stop tilting at windmills. Your blog is thoughtful, positive and creative.

    1. Thanks! You have a lot of interesting stuff on your blog… Great images. I enjoyed looking through it.

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