Mistake and Response






I’ve hired someone to do the job. This person was supposed to install a new facet, and in order to do that the water pipes have to be closed first from the main control box back at the garage. Luckily, the house has a clear system box, where actual words are written on top of each pipe. Easy job it seems especially for a professional who has done it before many times. This person has replaced the facts. He did it efficiently, however, after ten days or so, a leak was found behind the drywall. A water residue and discoloration appeared at the end of the drywall. How did this happen?

I’ve contacted the person and he came to inspect, he claimed that the pipe is old and it wasn’t closed properly. The property is about seventeen years old. He arrived and inspected, after looking at the wall for a couple of minutes and moving some handles in the control box, he offered to fix the wall and drill a hole in it however I declined. I wanted him to close the handle properly, that was enough. The pipe was fastened properly this time. While I left the garage, he drilled a hole in the drywall. I heard the noise from the living room, I walked to him and sure enough, there was a hole in the wall. I didn’t ask for this, I thought. He did it anyway despite what I’ve said. Now, we have a hole in the wall and he also offered to close it.


This was an easy trap for an upset argument with a professional who made a mistake.


Emotions identified:

Frustration: Faucet was supposed to be fixed and while this happened, the drywall was damaged.

Anger: The disregard for the instructions that were given to him.

Overwhelm: There is a new problem implying time and costs.

Pride: The person dismissed my opinion. The person believes he knows better than I do.




What did God want me to learn from this?

I have expressed that he made a mistake although he denied it and that was it. God wants authenticity but also gentleness.

I learned to not address the person but the situation, and express the fact as it happened, he made a mistake and he fixed it. I learned to not be attached to material things such as: “my house” and “my instructions”. I learned that having compassion even though the other person is in the wrong is crucial and needed in a situation like this. Although an apology would be ideal here, I don’t need an apology. Have I been tolerant or have I been naive? It all depends on the level of spirituality that one dwells in. I’m at peace as I put the Lord first before emotions. I am humbled by what he sends to my path and I thank him for the lesson.



What does God want me to learn today?

To choose tolerance.





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