When I wrote about trusting your gut last week, I realized that much of that gut-information comes from learning small lessons every day. Nature teaches the best and biggest lessons, but small instances can be real intuition builders.
Here’s an example: On New Year’s Eve, we were cooking a late dinner. The laundry demanded my attention (I live a hectic, fun-filled life on New Year’s Eve) and when I returned to the kitchen, the sink was backed up from a failed garbage disposal run. And as there were beets involved (love them), the mess was red. Not attractive. Not at all.
I cleaned the kitchen that night, and poured a bit of bleach into the standing water, gave it the stink eye, said, “Drain!” and went to bed.
The cat woke me before dawn, demanding breakfast. Into the kitchen we walked, the cat checking to see that I still
knew where his food bowl was. Opening the can, I glanced at the sink, which was empty. At 5 a.m. I am little more than a tool-using mammal, so I thought, “well, it drained through the block,” and finished feeding the cat. Several synapses had begun to fire, so I flipped the switch to the garbage disposal. It ran, swallowing the water running from the faucet. It was as if nothing had ever been wrong.
I have no idea what fixed it or what made it quit. I poured about two gallons of water into the sink, and it drained perfectly, with and without the disposal running.
Here’s my intuition lesson from that incident: Allow events, small inconveniences, mistakes by others to slide by. Not everything needs a blamer and someone who knows better. Allow those annoyances some time and distance to see if they fix themselves. And if they do, be grateful. It doesn’t always work. Celebrate when it does.
—Quinn McDonald did not call a plumber. She let the sink (and Cooking Man) fix itself.