Monkeys may be able to do it but can humans? And that is to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.Can you hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil?
GROWING UP WITH THREE MONKEYS
Three little monkeys in the form of a small ornament took pride of place in the living room of my grandmother. For all of my growing-up years, I was fascinated by it and studied it for hours and hours during the first two decades of my life. Indelibly imprinted on my mind, I was equally fascinated by the symbol it stands for.
The history of how these little monkeys came together in this form is disputed, but we can say that the philosophy emanates from Japanese and Chinese culture. Thus this philosophy is either universal or Asian in thinking. If Asian, then my upbringing has been colored with Asian culture.
One monkey has his hands over his eyes, while another has his hands over his ears and lastly the third monkey has his hands over his mouth. In this modern world, it is virtually impossible to avoid seeing and hearing some of the evil things that go on. In fact, it may be unwise to close our eyes to some of the happenings unfolding around us. But what we can control is our thought processes and what comes out of our mouths.
THOUGHT CONTROL BLESSING
These three little monkeys wanted to ensure that that they spoke no evil. I like to think they stand for the idea that we should not speak ill of others and to always have nice words on our tongues.
INSPIRED SPEECH BLESSING
B: Beautiful speech is a boon to society. Brain power includes the ability to process information in the most constructive way.
L: Live and act with kind thoughts because speech is the end product of thought. Let your thoughts flow as kind thoughts which will inevitably lead on to kinder, nicer speech.
E: Embrace the philosophy that we should see the best in situations and speak in the highest terms.
S: Smile and act like it is a wonderful day to be alive. Smiling goes beyond your face, so let people feel it is in your voice too.
S: Speak to others in kind and positive terms. Speak internally to yourself the same way.
Y: You are in control of the timing of your speech, so before you speak or respond to speech, take a moment to be truly thankful. Your thankfulness has the knock-on effect of making speech more considered, mature and constructive. Your injection of thankfulness can work wonders on uplifting both thought and speech. You may see and hear evil but it does not have to drag you down if you evaluate all information by looking for the blessings and silver linings in each situation.
O: Offer your love, your kindness, your time, your attention to yourself and receptive people in your orbit. Offer everything you have got because at the very least you will uplift yourself and you may help a few people to boot.
U: Uplift your thoughts and your speech to the highest levels. Uplift your life as you go higher and higher in your thoughts, deeds, actions and speech.
An I CAN READ English specialist with over 20 years teaching experience, I have worked in the British Council and Linguaphone, well-known language institutions. I am a London-trained lawyer and have been the public affairs officer at the British High Commission, Singapore, as well as an editor in an international book publishing house and a national magazine. In 2006, I was appointed as an Ambassador of Peace (Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace). I am also co-author of two law books: English Legal System and Company Law, published by Blackstone, Oxford University Press. For enquiries about I CAN READ classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR DAILY BLESSINGS: www.abetoday.com