Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Full of something or other

You know you are in bad shape when none of the toilets in the house work. Especially if you discover this after a visit to Taco Bell or the Plaza. Luckily, it did not happen to me, but it did happen to my parents.

For the past two days my dad has been digging up the sewer pipes trying to alleviate the “blockage” at their house. Last night he came across an elbow (corner pipe) that was packed solid with...yeah, it's rather disgusting. No matter what he tried, he could not unpack the pipe.

Sometimes life seems to get like that pipe. Let’s face it, we live a pretty face paced life. Running from soccer games, to PTA, to church, to after hours work meetings…grabbing fast food on the go…you get the picture, you probably live it. We become so busy that when thing slips, we can start to develop a clog in our life.

All of a sudden we find blockage in our relationships, things start to pile up at work, important things don’t get done because we become so focused on managing all the small tasks. Ultimately our relationships consist of facebook wall posts, or reading a blog just to stay connected.

At some point, we have to decide, what is going into our pipe? Are we really spending our time on the things that are important to us? Or are we just cramming our pipe with things that keep up appearances but have no real value.

I got a wall post from my mom this morning. “Your dad is my hero. He fixed both bathrooms last night.” He ended up doing a little surgery on the pipe and replacing it. Maybe a little surgery would not be bad in our own lives.

My hope is that your life becomes about something more, by doing less. It’s better to have one handful with tranquility, than two handfuls of…something or other.


Rob said...

Great post!

Daniel Carman said...

I like your style man. Made me smile, made me think.

Jack said...

Best typo ever: "we live a pretty face paced life"

Great advice in the last paragraph.