The monkey statue, “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil,” is right in front of me most mornings when I spend my quiet time alone before the rest of the family awakes. I have often wondered why there is not a fourth monkey,”think no evil.” I decided to research the origin. I discovered that the statue goes all the way back to 17th century philosophy and there is a fourth monkey, but it is, “do no evil,” a monkey crossing his arms. In further research, I discovered that it is used to remind people not to dwell on evil thoughts, but the thing I found most fascinating was that both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety by either looking the other way or feigning ignorance.
This month’s “garbage in, garbage out” applies to all your thoughts as they perpetuate into actions while on the job, with family, friends or even in your quiet time, alone with God above. Do you say negative things that may influence how others react to a particular person, place or thing? Do you make decisions that affect others around you in a negative manner? Do you manage by intimidation instead of leading by example or do you allow others in your organization to abuse employees or co-workers, turning a blind eye? If you answered yes to any of these, it is never too late to take out the garbage and recycle the things that are salvageable to make a positive impact on your own life and others.
As we celebrate National Nutrition month, our partners and contributors share with you ways to eliminate garbage in each area of their expertise to protect you from the liabilities that destroy lives and companies. We are reminded by the four monkeys that good nutrition for body, mind and soul begins with controlling our thoughts, which ultimately become actions. Our slogan at Construction Connection is, “Let’s Keep Construction Working.” Will you join with me and the others at Construction Connection to put conscious thought into action, making better choices as individuals within our industry for smarter people and stronger companies, which is ultimately what “keeps construction working”!
Thank you for being a part of our community! Make sure to share with us on our blog how you monkey around this month with Mizaru (see no evil), Kikazaru (hear no evil), Iwazaru (speak no evil), and Shizaru (do no evil) so we can celebrate the little victories together!