Strength For Today

A journey of keeping my heart, mind, and body in TODAY

Dripping Faucets

on April 24, 2014

I have learned many valuable lessons over the course of the past 3 1/2 years of my life.  One of the first, and probably most significant things I learned is that in order for change to happen, there must be action. Nothing changes by itself.  I can’t will anything into or out of existence.  I can’t wish a situation away.  I can’t avoid something enough times that it eventually disappears.  These things are all illusions.  The only way to change something, is to take action.

And sometimes, the only time action happens, is when there is enough discomfort.

Take this afternoon, for example.  We were sitting in a doctor’s office.  My daughter wasn’t feeling well, and she was in a room that had a sink.  And the faucet of the sink was dripping.  Now, I didn’t notice the drip at all.  She, on the other hand, spoke up about 5 minutes into our wait.

“That sink keeps dripping, and it’s really bothering me Mom” she said, with a slight hint of annoyance in her voice.  I looked over at the sink, and it was – in fact, dripping.

“Did you try seeing if it was all the way off?” I asked, in a logical, matter-of-fact way.

“No,” she replied and got up to give it a try.  She turned the knobs.  The leaky faucet stopped dripping.  She smiled a smile of relief and sat back down.

And it got me thinking.  How many times do we see things right in front of our faces that we know need to be addressed, but we don’t do anything about it?  How about that bill that needs to be paid that you’ve been avoiding?  That weight you’ve been wanting to lose?  The work-out or food plan you’ve been planning to start tomorrow for the last 6 months? That spiritual discipline you’ve been wanting to start? There are so many, many things….drip — drip — drip —

For me – it’s my procrastination.  For years now, I have been complaining about how I am such a procrastinator and how I can’t stand the way I stress out when I put things off until the last minute.  I have labeled myself over and over again as the “world’s worst procrastinator”.  It’s almost like that dripping faucet, isn’t it?  It’s like I’m looking right at the problem.  I’m well aware of the discomfort it is causing me, but I do nothing about it.  I just watch it drip — drip — drip — drip —  Well, you get the point.

Watching K get up and turn off that dripping faucet made me think about something I heard at a conference a few years ago:

“The most uncomfortable times in my journey have been when I have been aware of a problem or issue in my life, but have not had the willingness to do anything about it”

How simple it was for K to fix her problem today.  Yet, the solution wasn’t available to her until it was suggested by someone else.  She was content being discontent with the dripping of the sink.  I think I’ll say that again.

She was content with being discontent.

Just typing that sentence feels convicting.  Content with discontentment.  I would never think that those two words could fit together in that context.  A complete oxymoron: content discontentment.  Yet, isn’t that essentially what I’m saying when I sit and complain about something I don’t like in my life, but take no action toward changing it?  I wish I could say that procrastination was my only issue.  Nope.  I have a lot of dripping faucets in my life.  Some to which I am able to see the solution on my own, and some that have required others speaking into my life before I could see clearly.  But the common ground that each issue stands on is this: I am currently not taking the steps I need to take to address the issue.  I am not taking action toward change.  I am content to be discontent.

Oh my goodness do I want to argue with that point.  I feel like a fool admitting that I have been content to be discontent…comfortable in my own discomfort….(maybe you do too?) But, regardless of how it makes me feel, it’s the truth.  There are a significant number of areas of my life that I have been able to change simply by taking action steps – no matter how small – toward that change.  There is no reason I can’t be doing the same thing with the other areas of my life.  I have stopped some of my faucets from dripping.  Yet there are still some out there waiting to be turned off.  I just have to take the action.

I’m thinking it may be time to turn off some faucets!  How about you?  What dripping faucets need attending to in your life?

 

 

The following are some “one-liner’s”  I have learned along the way that continue to help me out in this area:

Willingness without action is just wishful thinking.

Faith without works is dead (James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.)

When the pain is great enough, change will happen.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

Awareness without willingness leads to extreme discomfort.

 

 

 

 

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