Blaming the Sewage

Dysfunctional families often create creative creatures, but seldom have happy habitants. There’s so much pain from father wounds, mother wounds, and sibling wounds in our society. Often well-meaning and sometimes ruthless parents or siblings inflict a lot of pain that sinks deep into our souls. We can blame them, if we choose, but does that do any good?

There’s nothing more annoying than flushing the toilet only to have it back up all over the bathroom floor. It’s damaging to the floor and floorboards, but, even worse, it’s freaking gross! I had that problem a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the plunger didn’t work, so I was forced to rent a snake and clean out the sewer line. I’ll spare you the details, but it was nasty! It didn’t work. I needed professional help (plumbing help, silly).

The plumber came out and after several tests, we found the source of my backed up sewer. The ground had settled and my sewer line was sloped uphill. Discovering the problem didn’t mean I could take a shower or flush. Finding the reason was only triage. Instead, a backhoe dug up the earth, created a downward slope, and put in new pipes.

Assigning blame to those who wronged us only leaves us in a stinking mess. We can sit in it passively, but this leads to our demise. However, choosing to dig up, clean up, and refit can drain not only the pain, but the source of the problem. Instead of blaming, let us renew our minds, clear our pain, and start fresh. The problems we inherit only remain our problems if we choose to own them.

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