Life Lessons from a Sewer: What You Put In Determines What You Get Out

Hey there, everyone! Today, I stumbled upon a quote that really caught my attention. It goes like this: “Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.” At first, it might seem like a grim comparison, but as I started to think about it, the more it made sense.

When we think of a sewer, we think of a dirty and unpleasant place, a place where waste and unwanted substances go. But in reality, a sewer is a system that serves a purpose. It takes away the things we don’t need and leaves us with a cleaner and healthier environment.

Now, let’s apply this to our lives. What we put into our lives, the effort, the dedication, the hard work, the love, and the care, determines what we get out of it. Just like a sewer, if we put in the effort to clean up our lives, to rid ourselves of negative thoughts and behaviors, we will be left with a healthier and happier life.

On the other hand, if we don’t put in the effort, if we let negativity and bad habits take over, we will be left with a life full of unwanted things. It’s like expecting to find gold in a pile of garbage; it’s just not going to happen.

We often hear people complain about their lives, about how things never go their way, about how they’re never happy. But have they ever stopped to think about what they’re putting into their lives? Are they putting in the effort to make things better? Or are they just letting things happen?

Life is not always easy, but it’s up to us to make the most of it. We have the power to choose what we put into it, and ultimately, what we get out of it. So, let’s take a lesson from the sewer and start putting in the effort to clean up our lives. Let’s rid ourselves of the things we don’t need and focus on what truly matters. Only then will we be left with a life that’s worth living.


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24 thoughts on “Life Lessons from a Sewer: What You Put In Determines What You Get Out”

  1. Wow, what a thought-provoking post! I never thought of comparing life to a sewer, but it’s so true. What we put into our lives really does determine what we get out of it. It’s like planting a garden – if you put in the time and effort to tend to it, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful blooms and a bountiful harvest. But if you neglect it, you’ll be left with a garden full of weeds and disappointment. Thanks for sharing this insightful message.

  2. This post is so true. We really have to be careful about what we flush down the toilet and pour down the sink drain for so many reasons

  3. Whitney Stewart

    This post definitely coins the phrase ‘you reap what you sow’. If you don’t put in the effort into something, then you won’t get the outcome you want. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll definitely remember this!

  4. Great way of looking at it/comparison, and I agree you have to put in some time and effort in order to get what you wont. Most things won’t come easily or free which makes it even more satisfying when you get what you wanted after working hard for it.

  5. I love the analogy. It is true that we sometimes dwell on negative thoughts, on past failures, and regrets in life. Staying positive and looking at the brighter side of things can be challenging at times but it can be done.

  6. Very true! A good reminder to end the week off with. It’s important to put things in perspective and to be grateful for the small things in life that we have- including the opportunities and the ability to apply change in areas of our lives where we can.

  7. Very interesting post. It’s true – what we put into life we get out. The sewer comparison was attention grabbing and thought provoking! Great read!

  8. Such a great quote. I also thought about it a lot and you’re right. A sewer is a great help for us to have a nicer and clean environment. Without it, we cannot live comfortably.

  9. So true, I try to get rid of negative thoughts and worries about the future. I try to live in the moment and become happier in life.

  10. Putting in the effort to clean up our lives – that definitely caught my attention. removing the clutter – both physical and emotional/mental ones helps so much, and while it is more easy to work on the physical clutter, I need to consciously remind myself of all the negative or unwanted thoughts lying around…

  11. Definitely, this applies to our work, our relationships to pretty much anything really, the amount of effort we put into anything determines the output. Eliminating negative self talk and bad habits are very important to our wellbeing.

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  13. I couldn’t agree more with this quote. What you put out in this world, is what you get out of it. If you work hard you will be rewarded.

  14. I completely agree with the statement, “What You Put In Determines What You Get Out”. Investing time, effort, and resources into something makes you more likely to see positive results. This means setting clear goals, developing a plan of action, and consistently taking steps towards achieving those goals.

  15. Melissa Cushing

    Loving this analogy for sure and it too can be looked at to what I put into my body right… if you put crap in your get crap results….. absolutely thought provoking and will be back!

  16. Oh wow, I love this saying and it’s analogy. Put in the good stuff and you are bound to receive the good stuff, at the end of the line (sewer)! Thanks for this encouragement.

  17. Bedabrata Chakraborty

    Your post is making me nostalgic. My teacher in school would frequently say you reap what you sow. I was too young then but at this point in life I understand the meaning of this saying

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