Do you have a chip on your shoulder?
This is such a funny saying. I had to look it up to find out where it came from. According to the Phrase Finder it started out that shipwrights were allowed to carry out planks of wood (chips) on their shoulders after work. However many planks a man could carry on his shoulder were his to keep. But, the owners soon deemed too much wood was being removed and the shipwrights could only carry out what they were able to carry UNDER ONE arm. This was substantially fewer planks (chips) and the shipwrights PUSHED BACK with their chips on their shoulders.
A person with a chip on his shoulder is a problem for anybody who must deal with him. He seems to be expecting trouble, ready to instigate a fight. The saying becomes a warning about the dangers of attacking people who are in more important positions than you are.
Oh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see the chips carried on shoulders today. It’s tough enough to see the chip when we meet the individual carrying the chip face to face. Sometimes you can see the look in their eye when a specific subject comes into conversation.
I have a solution to get your chip off your shoulder: Grow UP!
Quit being a baby, get some thicker skin and get over yourself. The world is a tough place and if you go around with a chip on your shoulder, daring anyone you meet to knock it off, guess what?
Someone is going to knock it off your shoulder.
Whether it be on purpose or accidentally. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take that chip off your shoulder.
Remember, you are not the center of the universe anymore. We all are our own center. Right or wrong, most people are just thinking about themselves.
Take the chip off your shoulder.