Lessons learned from a clogged toilet

mindset & motivation May 03, 2023

You wouldn't believe the insight I gained from a clogged toilet. 

I know, I know, nothing sexy about it at all.

But hear me out. I learned more about myself from this situation that I could have ever thought possible. 

The other day the dreaded event happened. My toilet clogged. This rarely happens in my home, if at all. And if it does, all I usually have to do is wait a few minutes and the toilet will flush normally. 

But not this time.

I thrashed the plunger to no avail. I dumped in dish soap, boiling water, vinegar, epsom salt, baking soda. Nothing was working. My cat probably thought I was nuts. 

Frustrated, discouraged, and refusing to call I plumber, I reluctantly googled the spiritual symbolism of a clogged toilet because it's never been this unfixable and I have a habit of overanalyzing my problems to find the deep seeded root cause of the problem. 

Initially, I wasn’t going to google this because I tend to overthink things generally speaking and a clogged toilet is a common household thing that happens. But because of the struggle I was having, I knew there was a lesson to be learned here. 

"googles spiritual symbolism of clogged toilets"

I know I know I know what you're thinking. 

But this short article: Clogged Drains Spiritual Meaning and Omens gave me some insight that got me rubbing my chin and scratching my head. 

The takeaway from the article for me was: where in your life is there a blockage? What are you resisting?

This resonated. I had been feeling resistance and a mental block not knowing where and what and how to take action since I’ve pulled myself out of the mental funk I was in for weeks. 

I finally got myself in a position where I felt mentally and emotionally stable enough to start integrating my hobbies, extracurricular activities, and pursuing my dreams into my life again but I had been frozen with indecision on what to focus on.

Reading this article, I visualized a funnel. Our bodies and life are like a funnel. If we put too many things into our system (our brain and/or body), it gets overwhelmed with too much and then eventually everything backs up and overflows and we can't catch or hold onto anything and it makes a mess of our lives...or bathroom. 

Too many thoughts into my brain.

Too many things I want to accomplish and not enough time.

So then I started asking myself, what is actually blocking me? What thought patterns, people, or activities are clogging my mind? What do I need to funnel out? What do I need to filter in? What is important and what is not? What are my values? What do I need to focus on to live out those values?

Knowing that I want to change the way I live my life and that I need to create more focus, I realized my lack of action stemmed from having so many ideas and desires that I was frozen with indecision.

When life is short and time is precious we have to prioritize and let go of other things that aren’t quite as important or healthy for us. 

Personal Training. Podcasting. Corporate Wellness. Newsletters. Songwriting. Art. Poetry. 

AHHHH! I really can't do it all for a living.

This has been a hard pill to swallow because I’ve convinced myself I can do it all, maybe you can relate. While it may be true to some extent, doing it all isn't going to make me happy and I probably won’t be able to do it well without adding loads of stress onto a never ending to-do list. 

I'm learning that life is about quality of life. What am I ok to let go of to have peace of mind and clarity?

So, I ask myself, what is important to me? The answer: stability, consistency, and helping others. 

So then, my actions must revolve around the behaviors and hobbies that will help me create a harmonious life that will require saying no to some things I would have previously said yes to. 

So my friend, what kinda “sh*t” do you need to let go of and clear out of your life so you can filter in the good stuff that will allow you to live the life you want?

"...it's all a process as we learn to find the keys that fit and turn" - BLOOM pg 26

All my love, 

Megan Wren

Megan Wren is a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Fitness Expert, Poet & Author passionate about helping others become stronger, happier, and healthier. You can find her on instagram at @itsmeganwren



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