The Spillage

A slight increase in temperature and water becomes steam. A little more pressure and capacity is exceeded, resulting in contents overflowing. Simple measures, like a wooden spoon on a pot of boiling pasta may easily prevent a messy spillage! The wooden spoon may be the listening ear of a faithful friend, a brother stepping in at the last minute to help or an extra hand in getting a job done. 


Every individual has a specific capacity to contain stressors/pressures, beyond which without other measures being put in place, bubbles from internal stress spill over and creates an external mess. Messy spillage may be avoided with well timed extra help, like wooden spoon, preferably a cool one, would avert messy spilling over when boiling pasta. Reducing volume of the fluid in the pot also helps as less bubbles would be generated, like minimizing triggers for stressors – prevention being better than cure.

I have often wondered how the wooden spoon prevents the spillage. Many factors have been considered, including: contact of the bubbles with the wooden spoon breaks the surface tension and the bubbles burst into air. The right intervention at a peak time of stress can be a massive step in preventing disaster!

It is best to reach out for help, be it a friend to talk to, professional help for advice or support, or simple measures like taking time to rest and re-charge one’s batteries. Getting help as early as possible prevents complications. There’s a wooden spoon and various other measures to prevent messy spillages. if one measure is ineffective, try another. Prevention is better than cure!

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