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Letting Go is Harder Than it Sounds

I remember hearing the story about some men who were capturing monkeys in the wild for research. The monkeys needed to be caught unharmed. They finally landed on an approach. They put food in a container with a narrow neck that just barely allowed the monkey to reach its hand inside to access the treat. But lo and behold, once their little fist wrapped around the morsel, they no longer could get their hand back out of the narrow neck. Trapped with their hand inside the container, they were easily caught. If only they would simply release the treat, they could remove their hand and escape, but it just never occurred to the monkeys to let go of the food.

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