Okay, I am going to take you somewhere today that you may find uncomfortable; however, please go with me. It might conjure up some stinkin’ thinkin’.
Recent fate, and outright necessity, has given me the opportunity to visit some bathrooms of friends who are in the process of potty training their young children. While using these facilities I noticed there are childrens’ books all around, which I assume were being used to keep the child on the potty chair a little longer…to increase the chances for success, you might say.
This makes me wonder: So many public and private restrooms I visit have reading materials in them, including the bathrooms in my own home. A lot of people must read on the toilet. I tried to do some secondary research to get statistics on the frequency of lavatorial libraries, but all I could find were several blogs about reading materials in the bathroom. One writer even went so far as to say she felt reading in the bathroom made the world a slightly better place. (I won’t share with you the information I got from the website www.poopreport.com.)
So my own primary research will have to be enough to substantiate my claim that most bathrooms do have some type of literature available for potty patrons. All this makes me think that the apparent wide-spread habit of adults reading “on the go” could be traced back to our early days of potty training. After all, how else would we have learned that the bathroom could be a pretty good place to read? It is relatively quiet, no one else will want to interrupt you, and it could be considered a productive form of multi-tasking. With so much knowledge found in books, magazines and even newspapers, our privies seem like a great place to wipe away our ignorance.
I am guessing that you are a member of the literary latrine society. Come on, admit it. Come out of the proverbial water closet – I bet you have a habit of reading while in the loo, too.
Taking this even further, I consider attitudes to be “habits of thought” and this brings even more questions. If I thought more about what I am habitually thinking, would it change how I treat other people? How I approach my work? How I treat the clerk who waits on me at the coffee shop? Everyone I come in contact with on a daily basis?
And what about those skills you are still trying to learn or at least improve? What if we took a bit more time with our efforts? What if we found incentives that would keep us positioned a little while longer for a chance at success?
Think about your habits of behavior, your habits of thought, the things you usually do and say without thinking, and the new skills you need or want to learn. Take time to think a bit, maybe read a bit, maybe sit a bit longer, and you might just develop some new attitudes, skills and habits that will change your life for the better.
…and it all started when you were just 2 years old, sitting on the pot, trying to stay just a little longer to learn an important skill that really would change your life forever – and for the better.