You're chugging through your day, the same way you always do. You have been moderately successful at accomplishing your various tasks, and the end, or at least the next part of your day, is in sight. And then someone throws in a monkey wrench. But wait, is it a monkey wrench? Or is it a challenge?
One of the hardest parts to manage, in work, in life, and perhaps most
of all, in the combining of work and life, is the uncertainty of things.
You can set up structures and calendars to orchestrate where you need
to be and how you need to get there, which can be enormously helpful
when the pieces fall as they should. You can make plans and make
arrangements and make dinner, as long as your structures and calendars
hold up, but when the monkey wrench is thrown...
But what if that monkey wrench is not a tool of destruction, but an instrument of
challenge? What if that monkey wrench is designed not to undo all of
your structures and calendars and plans, but to make you look at them
with fresh eyes? What if the monkey wrench can actually begin to tweak
what has become too well-oiled a machine?
Many days, we have what feel like monkey wrenches thrown into our
carefully (or not so carefully) designed lives. The question is, what do
we do with the newly arrived tool? Do we view the monkey wrench as an
annoyance, as an impediment to our chugging along as usual? Or do we
grab the monkey wrench, and let it help us find new skills and to
conquer new challenges? A new tool in the mix always makes a difference.
It's up to us whether to call that difference a monkey wrench, or a