Light Notes: 'Clogs' can block what matters most in life

Timothy J. Ledbetter, Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) on

Published in Religious News


I banged my head once again while under the sink trying to figure out why the faucet flow was reduced to a trickle. After a number of efforts and not a little consternation on my part, the source of the clog was found and full flow was restored much to my satisfaction, sore forehead notwithstanding.

Clogs. I’m referring to blockages, not shoes.

Wherever there is plumbing or channeling of one sort or another, there will be clogs of one sort or another. Water pipes, sewer pipes, veins, arteries, throats, bowels, streets, highways, rivers, thought processes, computations, conversations, payments — you can think of many more and the list may be endless.

Here I focus on two primary functions common and essential to efficiency and effectiveness, and vulnerable to clogs: inflow and outflow.

These examples represent but a few situations where unencumbered inflow is necessary to successful functioning.


Plumbing is designed to feed fresh resources in sufficient quantity to the place of operations: water to the sink or blood pumped by the heart from vital organs to the lungs. Vehicles are funneled into the city. Calculations are performed toward a solution, or ideas developed into a story.

Constricted or hampered inflow renders the desired operation ineffective. Unhindered outflow is also essential to successful functioning.

Wastes are transported away from the body, from the building and from the community. Vehicles are channeled out of the city or oxygen from the lungs to the vital organs.

Solutions are designed for an application or a story for the reader’s imagination. Inhibited or blocked outflow also renders the desired operation ineffective.


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