The Orangutan was the star of the special monkey zoo. He was a male of about 8 years old, beautiful flowing orange coat and a face so cute that it could have come out of the film ‘Jungle Book’. He played antics in his compound and really knew how to perform in front of an audience. Next door were the chimpanzees, but not even they could compete with the star like performance of the great orangutan.
That is, until one day, when the orangutan refused to come out of his living quarters. For some inexplicable reason he refused to budge and go outside to his waiting audience. He sat in the corner and sulked. His keeper since he was a juvenile tried every trick in the book, including trying to entice him out with offerings of his favourite treat - passion fruit. But, the orangutan was having none of it and sat there, day after day. After some time the monkey zoo decided to call in a vet, fearing that the orangutan may have something seriously wrong with him. The vet found the orangutan quite irritated and excited and would not allow him to get anywhere near him. The vet left, saying that he would be back with a tranquilizer so that he could properly examine the orangutan the next day.
That night when the gates of the monkey zoo were closed to the public, and the staff had all retreated to their beds, one of the older chimpanzee’s asked the orangutan what the problem was. The chimp had felt sorry that the orangutan was unable to move out of his quarters and knew that the fate of the monkey zoo might just be relying on their star attraction actually being seen by the public. So, through the bars, the chimp started to quiz the orangutan. Eventually he discovered that the orangutan was embarrassed by terrible bad breath cause by a stuck durian seed in his back teeth. Durian, as you know, is a delicious fruit but has a fetid smell. And so, even though the public could not possibly smell the breath of the orangutan, he was in a state where he wanted no–one to get at all close to him. The chimp offered to help the orangutan with advice that when the vet visited again, that the orangutan should make it very clear where the problem was, by opening his mouth and even pointing at the back of his teeth. The orangutan realized that his pride - his exaggerated shyness, and not letting anyone help him - had created an even greater problem for the monkey zoo as a whole. And so he agreed to make sure the vet would understand and go straight to the problem.
Moral of the Story:
We need to learn to be sufficiently humble to ask for help with problems we cannot solve on our own. But there is both a synergy and a spirituality involved in co-creation. It may be why we are all here together - because we are all "in it" together. We can not only get help from others but we are helped by aiding another. When you ask someone to help you, you are giving them the privilege of this very special blessing.