Do you ever wonder why we continue to do things the same old way just because it’s the way we were taught or it’s the accepted way? I’m finding that I’m questioning everything I ever learned and wondering if there is better and more efficient ways to accomplish my goals. I’m pretty sure that there is, and I’m determined to find each and every one of them. As a part of my own self-development, I’ve realized that it’s my responsibility to find the most serving ways to live, grow, and effect change for myself and the world around me. And Blindly following the ways of our forefathers, parents, teachers, and the media does not give us opportunity to be totally authentic and fulfill the passions of our hearts.
My son recently showed me something that, as simple as it was, blew me away as an object lesson for this very topic. He asked me if I knew how monkeys peel bananas. I assumed that it was the same way we do. He smiled and said, “Wrong! Watch this.” I could tell he was overjoyed that he knew something cool that I did not. He then proceeded to turn the banana upside down, pinched the end gently, and easily peeled it with minimal effort. My first reaction was wondering why the hell no one had ever shown me this before and why does everyone do it the other way. Don’t know about you but I’ve squished countless of bananas just simply trying to break the stem, let alone actually peel it. Really?
It was one of those WTF moments that really showed me something about following the crowd and their sometimes ineffective methods and results. Who thought that peeling a banana would open my eyes to a new world of discovery and powerful life-lessons. Next time you get bananas try peeling it the monkey’s way. You will love how easy it is! And, you will also notice that you have a nice little handle to hold while you eat it from the opposite end.
What things do you do a certain way just because someone else told you to? Could there be a better way? I’m bettin’ YES!