Letting the chips fall where they may is a saying that usually comes after an event. When we say this we are referring to something has happened as a precursor. Usually something negative.
After witnessing something take place, it is only then that we can “let the chips fall where they may.”
This phrase, about “letting the chips fall,” came with the job of tree cutting. In this profession when they let the chips fall, it meant that the tree cutter was supposed to stay focused on the task at hand and not allow the chips being sprayed out all around him, from his ax, to take his focus off of the main task.
In life, letting the chips fall where they may could have the same application. No matter what messiness comes out of what we’re doing, the objective is to stay focused on the task at hand. It will get messy… And we all can agree that it is especially hard NOT to focus on the mess. It takes an extraordinary person or an extraordinary personality to rise above or in this case simply stay focused, stay put, when everything is cracking up around them.
This task becomes even harder when there are other, actual living, human beings involved. In close relationships such as marriage or family, it almost takes a miracle to simply “let the chips fall.”
So what do these chips look like anyway. Some of the “chips” that we find trying to stop our success or “focusing on the task at hand include:
- Lack of support from loved ones
- Technology malfunctions
- No time or busy schedule…
- Limited funds/financing
- Not having the right tools
- Without transportation
And the list goes on…
Some of these chips are flying right in our face, catching splinter’s into our precious eyes. Trying for dear life to impede our vision. Take our focus away.
But we can still be encouraged… The fact that this saying even exists, is proof that someone out there that is paying attention to the so-called chips. Also wondering where the best place for them to go is. The fact is that what we focus on a lot of, we tend to become. By simply letting the chips fall, we open ourselves up to a whole new world of possibility.
When was the last time you let the chips fall? What activity were you involved in if any? Please leave your comments below and don’t forget to like, subscribe and share!
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