Last week a damp patch appeared on the ceiling just under our en-suite bathroom. The patch was directly below where the shower is and it seemed logical to believe that there must be something wrong with the shower.
Investigating the cause was going to be complicated. With under floor heating, floor boards and to top it all the bathroom had just been redecorated; there was going to be so much work not to mention the mess. Because of this we took the decision to look to at solving the problem through other methods.
Over the next few days my hubby tried various ways to pin-point the leak. Buckets of water passed up and down stairs, tiles were lifted and towels were placed in strategic areas around the shower base in his vein attempt to solve the mystery of where the water was coming from, all this with very little success. The only thing that happened was that the leak simply got worst, dripping through the ceiling and creating a hole.
So the floorboards and heating were going to have to come up.
However, just before he began, I mentioned to my hubby whether he thought the leak could be coming from around the sink? He didn't think so as it was at the other end of the bathroom but he would take a look. As the lino was lifted it became apparent that we’d found our leak.
Who’d have thought? The sink was a good 3ft away from the shower but this was the cause of all the water falling into my hallway.
Now, you might wonder why, this has any relation to my coaching blogs. Well, it struck a chord with me and I began to form a parallel with life.
Let me ask you; are there times when you look for answers? When life isn't the way you would like it to be, when you feel under pressure and your time can be eaten up by the demands of the moment; when everyone around you appears to have it all together and you seem to be juggling so many things that it’s hard to find time for just you? When all you want is to know how you can find that little bit of time for you without feeling selfish.
It’s times like these that you really need to be looking in the right place for answers.
Sometimes, when faced with a problem in life, we become blinkered; simply focusing on the problem itself, like we did with the shower. This thought pattern doesn't help you it simply keeps you stuck.
Start looking elsewhere for the answer to your problems. Remove the blinkers and ask yourself, “How can I solve this.”
“What can I do differently?”
“How can I shift my thinking?”
My leak is fixed and the ceiling repaired. Is it time you began to fix the things that are not working in your life?
“You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it.” Einstein.