I didn’t post this morning, because as we were getting ready for the day, Jack noticed a large leak under the kitchen sink. As we investigated further, it was clear that the pipes needed to be replaced, so we spent the morning going back and forth to the hardware store, watching “How to repair your own kitchen-sink plumbing” videos on YouTube, and in the end, calling our plumber to fix it correctly.
In the past, we’ve had an oddly disturbing pattern of plumbing problems during the holidays. The first time we noticed it was during our second Christmas Eve together. The entire family was coming over, and our septic system stopped working (right before everyone was set to arrive). This was followed by water-heaters breaking, and various and sundry other minor (and not so minor) plumbing glitches, all occurring right before “the event”.
So this morning, what we noticed (that was different) was our issue didn’t happen during or before the days that Tom and Lindsay were here, or before the pre-thanksgiving dinners. Someone might think, “So what? You still have a problem.” But when there is a negative pattern (an issue or problem that keeps repeating itself) I am always aware of whether it is getting better or worse. If it is getting worse, I need to pay attention to my thinking right on the spot, change it, and keep it changed. If it’s getting better, (even if not completely gone) I know that it is on its way out, and that I’ve changed my thinking enough that I’m starting to see the results.
“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.” Louise Hay