Yesterday afternoon became somewhat of a Gross Fest for me. I’m at my parents home in Southwest Florida and the air conditioner unit (in the garage of all places) starts leaking A LOT of water! Let me clue you in for those who have never visited SW FL in mid-May – it’s HOT! This is the last thing you want to see on a Sunday afternoon when it is 90* out.
My Dad asks me to come lend him a hand to figure out if the drainage pipe is clogged or if something else is going on. Now, I am a pretty handy girl. I know my way around a few tools, but I am also freaked out by all things that slither. So you can imagine my excitement about this clogged drain safari we just embarked upon. None the less, can’t let him down – so, deep breath – let’s do this!
It was so easy at first. Because I supervised, while Dad crawled around in the garage floor. You see this unit, 20 some years ago, had been rigged with PVC pipe from the A/C drain down to the floor, down the wall, around some corners and outside of the house. The clog we are hunting could be at any of of the sections or 90* angles around the corners. We (okay, he) begin hacking the pipe apart in segments and finally dragging in the yard hose to force out whatever it is.
Despite my intelligence and general common sense that I possess, I still nearly hurled when the nasty was flushed out. A massive pile of sludgy goo emerged. Not only was it nasty, brown, gooey, and did I mention nasty…it was formerly a snake! I detest snakes. Loathe them. Yes, I know they help our environment. Don’t care. I’ve been terrified of them since I was a very young child. In fact, I can’t even watch one on TV without having issues. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to know a snake had crawled in the pipe from outside into the house.To top it off this was a big guy. Dad figured it somewhere in 5 1/2 to 6 foot range.
Lucky you – metaphor time!
Today our focus seed is people and relationships. It is very easy to draw a parallel to the clogged pipe so you should already know where I’m going here.
How many of us are like the drain pipe in life? We are fully functional in the beginning of a relationship. Open mind. Open heart. Open spirit. Then something uninvited creeps into our life. We are not even fully aware of it’s existence at first. Like the snake, it entered at a point way down the line where we couldn’t yet see it.
Whether your “snake” was a disbelief, broken trust, poor choices, etc…, it created a lack of flow in your life. It started to block off your function and capabilities. You started to back up and spill out the other end but couldn’t for the life of you figure out why! Why am I broken?
Sometimes in life, things are done to us. We are put into situations not of our own choosing. We block off our life force to protect ourselves but remain broken. Just like the A/C unit – running cold air but spilling buckets of water on the floor. Just spewing out the excess dysfunction.
Another way to look at this is from the other side of things. The snake from the A/C’s drain pipe. He saw a hole and thought he’d check it out. There was some alluring mystery to this unknown hole. Maybe there was something really cool at the other end he thought just had to be there.
What happened though? He went somewhere he was never meant to go. The snake got stuck. He wasn’t on a crazy suicide mission to end himself. He made a poor choice. He took a wrong turn. He just ended up there and couldn’t turn himself around. He was stuck. In the dark. In a closed, narrow pipe. With no food. No way to survive. And, now was being submerged in water until he degraded to nothing but a pile of nasty, brown goo.
Been there and done that too? I have. You wake up one day and ask, “How in the heck did I get here?”. You feel like you are trapped, can’t breathe, maybe even drowning like the snake did.
Here’s the thing. You may not know how to turn around at the moment. But, there is a way out. There is a way to heal and overcome. Realize you may have consequences that you don’t like for your choices, but you don’t have to stay in that place.
It is also important to just let it go. Flush the pipe. Forgive. Repair the pipe and flow properly again. There is no need to hold onto your past. Forgive those you need to and forgive yourself. Flush the drain with grace and watch your life turn into a full-flowing force again.