猿も木から落ちる。Saru mo ki kara ochiru.
Even monkeys (猿) fall (落ちる) from (から) trees (木).
Everyone makes a mistake (even the experts). Nobody is perfect.
This is one very popular proverb (ことわざ kotowaza) of the Japanese. Why the monkeys this time? Well, they are the go-to guys, the pros, the experts when it comes to tree swinging and climbing. And they do fall, from time to time. Perhaps some National Geographics people or some nature lover, or monkey observer/researcher can tell us that there is a chance, albeit small, that they do miss that branch and… you know what happens next.
“Even the experts make a mistake. So I am no good,” is not the way to go about it. Instead, we should always strive to improve ourselves every single time. However good we think we are at our work, our life, there is always something that can make it better. Finds ways to achieve perfection.
The monkeys have probably been thinking like this for centuries which helped them master the art of tree climbing. And… speaking of improvement… I do hope that they’re also secretly trying to perfect the art of doing loops while swinging from branch to branch. (^∇^)
In a few centuries, perhaps? No doubt about it. (≧∇≦)b
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