Men Of The World, Seriously?

Please don’t take this personally, but I have a bone to pick with you…

If you think that I’m about to say, “Please put the toilet seat down,” I’m not. I’m smart and actually capable of doing that myself… just sayin…

I live with four men, not to mention my son’s friends, who frequently sleep over, especially during the summer months. That being said, let me point out that all of you lift the cover and toilet seat during many bathroom visits.

If you’re following along thus far, let me ask you one question, “How is your vision?”

Let me answer that… Pretty damn poor.

I can not for the life of me understand why in the world you wouldn’t feel compelled to clean the rim of the toilet as well as the underside of the toilet seat for the next person.

ARE YOU BLIND, or are you just waiting for me to make it pristine for your next bathroom experience?

Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m pretty sure that you are as grossed out by your “bathroom experience” as I am.

What gives, and what is behind this power struggle?

Can we possibly call a bathroom truce?

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If not, I’m planning on starting my new diet by stopping in the bathroom and lifting the toilet seat before every meal.

Check back with me in a month when I’m thin… I think I might be onto something here.

You are ALL pissing me off, no pun intended.

Erin Cooper Reed

Note to self: Seeing that I’m raging right now… If I had to lift up the toilet seat EVERY time I went to the bathroom, you’d be able to lick it with no repercussions after the sanitizing I would willing do on your behalf. That’s just common courtesy.

I just don’t get it… and maybe I never will…

This has been a Public Service Announcement.










The Eye of the Storm

Sometimes we find ourselves totally unprepared for what life throws at us. There is no forewarning, no current of change, no inkling of the storm that is brewing along the horizon.

And then, there we are standing dead center, in the eye of the storm.

We realize that the saying “Life can turn on a dime” exists for a reason… because it is true.

Maybe it is any injury, or a breakup, an illness or the loss of a job or a loved one. Whatever the storm may be, the eye of it is the devastating life change that turns your world upside down.

The enormity of the situation finally sets in. You go through an array of emotions, shock, confusion, fear, anger, depression, anxiety, uncertainty… then innately, you realize that you have no choice but to face it.

Acceptance is the first step in regaining your ground.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell

Slowly you learn to cope with your new circumstances without even realizing that coping is the second step in embracing change.

Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem. - Virginia Satir

So where do you go from here?

This is the part where your adaptability, courage and resilience takes you places you would never have dared to go if wasn’t for the storm and the eye of the storm that catapulted you to where you now reside.

Maybe through your experience, you find a cause that you are passionate about.

Maybe you have an interest in sharing your experience and helping other people who are dealing with a similar situation.

Maybe you are inspired to create in the form of the written word, art or even an invention.

And maybe, you realize that the storm, the turn of a dime that you saw as a setback, is the exact circumstance that gave you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

A perspective that not only leads to beautiful and unexpected paths but ultimately leads you to grow and thrive.