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It Took A Toilet To Change My Thinking!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with CEO/Owner/Team Leader/Keller Williams Executives Realty LLC

It Took A Toilet To Change My Thinking!

Three times a weToiletek I go to a doctor who for over 50 years has helped people create breakthrough in releasing weight forever. A couple of years ago I found him and lost a serious amount of weight, over 50 lbs. I am like many who have now gained some weight back and thankfully not all of it.

I made the mistake last time of not going through the entire program and quit at the most critical stage which is maintenance. I now call the maintenance phase the "sustaining it" phase. I have made a promise to myself to complete the entire program and sustain my efforts for life.

This program takes a commitment of my time, money and daily practice. Daily journaling, three coaching and accountability sessions per week, a customized and reduced calorie plan, exercise and practicing a new way of being in a food laden world are important aspects of my plan.

Monday morning I woke up and as usual weighed in at home. I was very discouraged as my weight was up. I considered not going to my coaching session and avoiding the pain of the day's reality. i made the decision to face the truth.

I drank a lot of water that morning and always use the bathroom before my weigh in. As i flushed the toilet, the tank, not the bowl overflowed. I went to get a nurse to let her know there was a problem. As I showed her what was happening to the tank, she pulled the cover off to see if she could fix it.

At the moment she lifted the tank lid off, the small hose which had become detached acted as a fire hose and totally doused me with ice cold (thankfully clean) water. I gasped as this was a like a plunge in a cold pool. And then something remarkable happened. I started laughing. I started laughing at myself.

The nurse was mortified and apologized and I just kept laughing. 

As my nurse talked to my very wet self about my journal and process and heard my discouragement about my weight gain, she asked me, "Why does it have to be all or nothing? " "Why does it have to be perfect?" As i thought of the answers to her questions, I realized that I needed and had the power to get rid of the thought viruses that had infected my mind. She had asked these questions for me to consider what was really going on so that I could change my current thinking patterns and programming.

It began to make sense to me that this experience was a picture of other areas of my life where i had agreed to patterns and programming that do not serve me well. I also saw that i have the power to do something about these limiting beliefs.

How many of us take the time to think about the events that have happened in our past or even when they happen now and then consider what meaning we have attached or can attach to the events in our lives? We do have a choice to make a story up (and we often do) about events in the past and tell ourselves and others our "victim" stories. I suggest that we can look for a better story and walk through life in a much more empowered state.

This choice is mine and yours everyday. And sometimes it takes a dose of cold water even from a toilet to wake us up to laughter, joy and the decision to change old patterns and programs.

I hope you will take some time to reflect on the events in your life, the stories you have told yourself about what those events mean and then write a new version of the meaning to those events. You might just find yourself feeling happy, joyful and perhaps even laughing your way to a new reality of an empowered state for your life.

And if you need a catalyst find a broken toilet and pull the lid off. The cold water dousing might just release what needs to change for good!

Kym Wright
Prudential California Realty - Olivenhain, CA

Sandy,  funny story with a lot of meaning. We do make a lot of choices everyday, small choices that seem to mean nothing to us.  But those small choices are wha shape us when we come to the life changing choices.  It can be hard to stop and think about every single choice we make in a day, but I am guessing that changing some of the very small choices can help down the road when it is time to make the critical choices.

Oct 04, 2011 06:15 PM
Sandra Corrigan
CEO/Owner/Team Leader/Keller Williams Executives Realty LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Hi Kym,

Glad I gave you a laugh and yes I am learning to be presnet to the moment and create the meaning of every event in a way that keeps me moving forward and being a contribution. I appreciate the comment!


Oct 04, 2011 06:19 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Sandy,  I suggested this, we all need to change our stories if we are going to change our lives. 

Oct 04, 2011 06:36 PM
Sandra Corrigan
CEO/Owner/Team Leader/Keller Williams Executives Realty LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Yes we do and by the way i love horses and horse property! Thanks Marge have a great tonight and a greater day tomorrow. I appreciate you.

Oct 04, 2011 06:40 PM
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It is interesting how we can rewrite the stories especially the life changing ones.  Thank you for sharing.

Oct 04, 2011 06:47 PM
Sandra Corrigan
CEO/Owner/Team Leader/Keller Williams Executives Realty LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Thank you and yes it is. An interesting exercise with agents, friends, family etc is to have them take an event that they view as negative and then take the same event and actually write out a new meaning. It could be what they learned, how they grew etc, It is a very powerful exercise.

Oct 04, 2011 06:53 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes, it's good you caught the "cold water in the face", learned the lesson, laughed and let it go!

Oct 04, 2011 07:21 PM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Sandy, I was drawn to your photo from Kym's post so I clicked on your profile! I am so very glad I did. You are beautiful inside and out. Your words are truly healing in so many ways and I appreciate your toilet water!!! lol

I am also in a stage of empowerment as it is a feeling we should all have in our lives. Thanks for the pick me up! I am now subscribed so I won't miss any more of your posts. Good to meet you.





Oct 04, 2011 08:50 PM