Last week while traveling I found myself racing to find a restroom in Newark Airport. The 40 ounces of water consumed on my flight from Sarasota to Newark, created a sense of urgency to get to a toilet in record speed. Fortunately, there wasn’t a line of women with a similar urgency and I chose the first stall. I practically severed my left arm as I became entangled in my attaché case and my carry-on bag trying to get behind the stall door while quietly uttering “ooh, ooh, ooh”. Time was of the essence! Once within the confines of the bathroom stall, I turned to latch the door shut. Taped to the stall door was a notice: “Please
don’t put paper towels or sanitary napkins down the toilet.”
Paper towels? Are you kidding? I wash my hands after using
the rest room and therefore it is most unlikely that after washing them, I
would return to the stall and flush the paper towel down the toilet! Picture the scene. I struggle with the two pieces of carry-on luggage the first time I enter the stall. Then I proceed to drag the luggage to the sink, wash my hands, and return with the luggage to the stall to flush the paper towel down the toilet! And then there is the issue of the tampon! Even if wasn’t beyond the tampon years, I would not be flushing my tampon down the toilet. But I get it, some women do and therefore the need for a gentle reminder to all women in the universe. Funny thing is that I bet those women who at one time created the need for such a reminder, still flush paper towels, tampons and whatever else they darn well please down the toilet!
But I never did, and don’t, and won’t, so this reminder was wasted on me. Many reminders in my world are wasted on me. As I walk the property of my condo I cannot help but note the signs about picking up after my dog, another wasted reminder as I do not even own a dog. And further, the University continually reminds me not to plagiarize material when I have never stolen one thing in my life, much less the words of another! All gentle reminders, clearly intended for some people, but all wasted on me.
However, some gentle reminders are most helpful to me as I receive them from family, friends and even perfect strangers. My third son always reminds me that I do not need to sprint when we are shopping in the Mall together. My quick pace behind other leisurely walkers often causes them to glance over their shoulders, reminding me I am rushing, annoying them, or perhaps making them nervous. As soon as I hint at returning to “find love” on the internet, Ellen, my sister-in-law, gently reminds me that internet dating is not for me. You see my first internet date showed up dressed as a clown–no joke–complete with a red nose, oversized yellow shoes and a flower that squirted in my face!
And there are other helpful reminders. My body often reminds me that I should never have a third slice of pizza, play more than three sets of tennis, or walk the beach barefoot. My crowded closet reminds me that I have enough clothes.
There is an abundance of gentle reminders in our lives about living our lives to the fullest, being at our personal best and enjoying every moment. As women who wish to keep our SUCCESSTROGEN levels high, we need to be alert to the gentle reminders that suggest a change in our behavior so that our behavior is aligned with our values and we are continually working toward our personal best.
What are some of the gentle reminders in your life that help you enjoy your today and be at your personal best?