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Not My Circus; Not My Monkeys

This phrase is attributed to an old Polish saying. But I love the English translation.

not my monkeysI had never heard this phrase until speaking with my daughter one day. She is a high school math teacher who is not without her share of weird days. That day had apparently been tough for her. As we talked through the events and issues, she closed the discussion with this phrase saying something like:

“But hey, not my circus, not my monkeys”

I was so proud of her resolve. After processing all of the issues swirling around her, she could have easily drawn the conclusion that she needed to fix everything. Rather than doing that, she carved out those things that were truly other people’s issues, placed them in a separate corner, safely away from the things that did matter to her. What a great model!