Tuesday, April 27, 2010

All Jacked Up

And that's a good thing. I had my driveway and sidewalk mud-jacked yesterday. Most people, I have found, have no idea what mud-jacking is - it is a process to repair sunken concrete by drilling holes in it and pumping a mud like mixture under pressure into the holes until the slab of concrete rises back up. It was amazing to watch. I had no idea that process would fix the structural problems of my front porch, but it did!

I would have spent a couple of thousand of dollars to build a new front porch, and put it on a bad foundation, not realizing that the bad foundation was the problem. It seemed to me, and everyone else who looked at the porch, that the wood was the problem.

As I watched the porch miraculously recover, I was reminded of my life just before I got sober. I had a host of serious problems. Frankly, drinking didn't seem like the biggest one. Drinking seemed like something I needed to do to cope with the rest of the problems. And yet, somehow, in the midst of all this turmoil, I had the profound desire to quit drinking - I believe that desire was a gift from God. And once the alcohol was removed from my life and I started living on a spiritual basis - without all of the dishonesty that goes along with an alcoholic existence - all of those serious problems seemed to vanish into the ether!

Just like watching that porch untwist itself yesterday. I could not untwist my life by trying. But I could go to work, with the help of God, on its foundation, and my life would untwist itself.

Amazing.

7 comments:

Hap Joy Free said...

thats a great analogy of life. Fix what lies beneath and the things that live above will blossom. I will take this with me today and try to apply it to any problems I encounter. Great message!

Mary LA said...

Such an accurate analogy -- I thought everything except drinking was the problem. Drinking seemed to be a solution for so long

Carverlane said...

Living my life on a good foundation--a spiritual basis--I love this analogy! I wonder if they do mudjacking around here?

Kim from sAn Antonio

Syd said...

I like the analogy too. Working on the foundation of my life is what occupies my time these days. Every day my spirit and faith keep rising.

Kim A. said...

I kept trying to fix the consequences instead of looking at the problems. I learned. Excellent analogy today. I love it when I can visualize a solution.

♥namaste♥

Ed G. said...

Amazing indeed!!!

Great analogy and glad that you're home repairs worked as designed.

Blessings and aloha...

Carlz said...

hi there. This is the first time I have read your blog. I think its incredible that you have been sober for so long. you are an inspiration. kind regards, carly (South Africa)