A few weeks ago, I crafted a table for my patio. I must say, I did a pretty good job.
I found a stunning piece of reclaimed wood, two inches thick and seven feet long. After planing and sanding it, I left a live edge for an authentic touch.
Over the next five days, I meticulously stained and varnished it. The result was beyond what I had imagined. I then constructed a cast-iron piping frame, adding a warm touch to the table.
I was filled with pride. This was a table I envisioned keeping for years to come. However, a few weeks later, I noticed the varnish starting to bubble. The wood beneath was soft. Like a scab begging to be picked, I poked around. The wood was rotten. A small divot soon became a gaping hole.
I couldn't ignore it. I dug deeper until I had a hole, 1 ½ inches deep, 1 inch wide, and 5 inches long. It was a significant hole, but the rot was gone.
The next task was to fill the hole. It couldn't be done all at once. I had to add filler gradually, layer by layer. The more I tried to rush it, the longer I had to wait to continue.
So, what did it teach me?
- You can't overlook pain. It can't be hidden or ignored. Eventually, it surfaces in the form of noise in your life. It shapes and fuels your ego.
- Unearthing the root of a problem is a process. What may seem minor could turn out to be more significant than anticipated.
- Healing can't be rushed. Filling the void left by pain can take days, weeks, or even years. Old pathways need rewiring The journey is unpredictable.
- Addressing the pain is the only way to prevent it from spreading and create the potential for a life filled with more fulfillment and happiness.
My patio table is now robust and built to last. I'm glad I discovered the rot. I'm glad I did the work. And I'm grateful for the many good times it will witness.
Quiet the Noise Reflection:
Where have you witnessed unaddressed pain in your life? What noise has it created? What is one small nudge you can take to approach your true nature?
And remember, when in doubt… Pause, Breathe, and Quiet the Noise.