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Real Life Story - The Monkey and The Crab

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Many years ago my husband and I were on holiday in Langkawi in Malaysia. We were staying at a very nice hotel called Andaman Hotel. It had a long stretch of white-sand beach and mangroves nearby which, I believed, are home to groups of small monkeys. They were almost everywhere along the beach popping in and out of sight.

While on the beach, I was chasing the monkeys to take some photos. Unfortunately, they were quicker than me and kept running away from the camera. As a result, I didn’t get any decent photo of them. Meanwhile, I was distracted by millions of very minute sand balls (about 2mm-3mm/110 in. diameter) on the beach.

Instead of following the monkeys, I decided to investigate. After a while, I saw very tiny crabs here and there popping out of the small holes amongst the sand balls. They, too, moved extremely fast. Again, I had to hold my breath and the camera very still waiting for the crabs to appear and clicked ….

In the first picture, as you can see, I missed the crabs. But, only later, when I checked the camera, to my surprise, I discovered a monkey’s hand on one of the photos. So, it must have been standing there right before me when I was concentrating on the crabs.

It reminded me of a saying that I’ve come across sometime ago, which goes:

“Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.”  
Henry David Thoreau

The same as love - if you chase love, it will run away from you.
If you continue with your life without the desperation of looking for love (or happiness),
you’ll find it will eventually come along when you least expect it.