This is My Brain on Toilet Paper

Failure is not an option…not when we can choose growth instead.

I woke up in the middle of the night and the words above were on my heart.  I didn’t have any paper near me so instead of going downstairs to retrieve some, I went to the bathroom and wrote the thought on a square of toilet paper.

See…

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of wasting time beating ourselves up after a mistake we immediately chose the much more productive option.

Scenario: Huge mistake made

Option A: I am a failure, kick myself 100 times, and then try to move on.

Option B:  What can I learn?

Sometimes, when we experience failure, we then immediately make another big mistake. We fail to implement in our hearts the one thing in life we have control over…the power to choose differently.

When we choose Option B then option A loses its power over us.

Option A is defeated thinking and will keep us stuck in misery.

Option B is victorious thinking and will move us closer to success.

When we choose to look for the lessons in the midst of our mistakes then our mistakes can become the life changing catalyst necessary to point us in the direction we needed to go all along.

Instead of flushing the failure…figure out ways to flourish from it. (And yes, I was compelled to use the word flush because of the fancy paper above.)

There is always a lesson to learn.

Don’t settle until you discover it.

17 thoughts on “This is My Brain on Toilet Paper

  1. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – now you having me laughing. Great post and excellent point. Option B it is, flourishing and not flushing!
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Bill, maybe you can start a new trend. Some pastors stand up there with an iPad…you could stand up there with a roll of TP 😉

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  2. Loretta

    When you chose option B, then option A loses its power over us!! Oh, how I need to remember to chose option B and let go of the defeat and misery. Good stuff, Eileen, thanks.

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  3. Caroline

    Oh, I know about Option A, and I know it doesn’t work well. And yet I still choose it again and again. So silly of me. (Oh, wait, now I’m kicking myself for kicking myself. Hmmm…)

    I’ll take Option B and His ever-present grace, please!

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  4. Melanie Dorsey

    “Sometimes, when we experience failure, we then immediately make another big mistake. We fail to implement in our hearts the one thing in life we have control over…the power to choose differently.”

    That’s good!

    Reply

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