Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Monkey Wrench Challenge

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 challenge.

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