TODAY THE WORDS are WHO THREW THE MONKEY WRENCH IN? In our lifetime, we have experienced an event or happening when you start thinking am I on Candid Camera? Those are the times when we wonder “Who threw the monkey wrench in?” Where did this phrase originate? How did we come to say this? Let’s see….. sourced from Turbo B Coined around 1900 and American in origin-
A monkey wrench is a spanner with a movable jaw . Low paid factory workers used to toss them into the industrial machinery to get a break. The phrase was first used in 1931, by The Daily Express – talking about the head of the liberal party – “He hurled a money wrench into the machinery of Liberalism”. (The word sabotage came about the same way – French workers threw their wooden clogs (sabots) into the machinery.)
In searching for the origin and realizing there are times when things get turned upside down and nothing is going right, maybe actually taking a break, breathing a deep breath, and figuring out how to either deal with what is going on or figure out how to get the train back on track, the show on the road, or make it happen no matter what! I used to not understand the phrase, “Just Deal with it” meant but as life goes on, I have turned this phrase into a “mantra” attitude. So many issues, actions from others, life issues, family issues, monetary issues are somewhat out of our control and we have to throw a monkey wrench in and take a break from the stress and recharge our energy. Usually, when we have had a moment or breather, we can adjust the situation to our satisfaction or we can learn from the lessons of how to or how not to do it next time. What we need to remember is the first time for many of us when we tried to ride a bike, we fell and we had to get up and try it again. Only rarely do we get it right the first time. If we do get it right the first, just enjoy the rare moment and celebrate. If you fall off, throw a monkey wrench in and take a break; retry! Life is all about trying and if we allow ourselves to get roped into believing if something doesn’t go right the first time,we shouldn’t try it again; failure begins to take over. Live life, love life; and live life to the fullest with love!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
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