Water, water, everywhere

In the middle of last night, I awoke to the sound of gushing water.

A hot water pipe had burst in our main bathroom vanity and water was gushing out of the cupboard and through the house. As I went into the hallway I hit the water and fell badly on my knees, totally unprepared to walk into water as I left my bedroom.

By the time my husband turned the water off, there was a couple of centimetres of water puddling in two bedrooms and all along the hallway, soaking through the floorboards and down into our garage.

Over an hour later past 2am, we had mopped up the bulk of the water and returned to bed to rest before our big clean up today. There is damage to the ceiling in our garage and the floorboards will take some time to dry out, but we are feeling relieved that we were home when the pipe burst and were able to turn the water off before the flooding got even worse.

As I was mopping in the middle of the night, I remember reflecting on how so many people suffer the flooding of their homes and my heart went out to them. This could be an upsetting and tiring experience for me, but it was nothing in comparison to what many suffer. I calmly continued mopping without mental agitation.

For meditation and reflection:

When bad things happen to you,
pause and reflect upon how others
have suffered or are currently suffering far worse;
send good wishes and love out to them;
then, respond calmly to whatever is arising.
Words and photo for meditation and reflection by Stephanie Mohan – January 2016

  

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8 replies

  1. Glad you came through this alright. Currently we are in a deep freeze in Latvia and we have problems with pipes freezing and getting no water. Things could be worse and I too reflect on the fact that pretty much we are alright and the problems can be taken care of.

  2. may it feel dry,
    warm & safe
    soon 🙂

  3. i’m so sorry. the last time this happened to me water came through 11 light fixtures. i got out of bed/ill toxic mold..went to lobby to get engineer & he waited 1 & 1/2 hours to come up to condo.

  4. I can so relate is a small way. You were lucky to wake up and discover it. I would worry about walking through water with all the electrical items are plugged in around you. But you don’t think of that when you run into water on the floor. It always seems to happen when we least expect it. Glad you were able to deal with it quickly.

    • You are quite right Marlene – we grew more concerned after the event when we realised how dangerous it was with the electrics etc. especially as there was so much water going through into the ceiling of the garage etc. We had been planning to put under floor insulation this year but have decided not to proceed – that would be a total mess if we had another pipe leakage, especially if we were not at home when it happened. Cheers, Steph

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