Confessions of a Professional Mom

Confessions of a Professional Mom

Professional mom seeking clarity, balance and a well deserved glass of wine.

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Help, I Can’t Stop Peeing in My Pants!

May 16, 2013 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Don't Bother Me, I'm "Reading"This morning, I’m in the bathroom, um, “reading” and I hear my five-year old scream from the hallway. “What’s wrong?”, I yell. She cries, “There’s a bug in the bathroom and I gotta go!” I reassure her over and over that the bug is a lot smaller than she is and it’s not scary. She’s “telling” herself it’s scary. This goes on for at least five minutes. Now I’m yelling, from my throne (seriously?!) that she should just march into that bathroom and sit down on the toilet and go. “THE BUG IS NOT SCARY!”, I shout. Crying, she says frantically, “I’m peeing and I can’t stop!” (standing in the hallway wearing her feetie pj’s)

Now, I’m pissed. “So help me, you do not pee in your pants. Ridiculous! Mind over matter. The bug is not scary. You are bigger than the bug. Sit down on that toilet and pee.” At this point, I’m ready to swallow my own face, shove her down the toilet and pluck the bugs legs off one at a time and set it on fire. This is crazy!

My “reading” comes to a screeching halt (I hate that) and she races to sit atop my toilet, breathing a sigh of relief to empty her bladder and acknowledge narrowly escaping a horrible and violet death by bug. (I couldn’t make this shit up!)

Afterward, it got me thinking (scary what stirs my brain) how many of us are so scared by our own thoughts, feelings and beliefs that we are literally frozen. Paralyzed. (Hopefully, not enough that you pee in your pants) What are you telling yourself that simply isn’t true? What “feels” scary? Why? Is it truly scary or just a story that’s turned into a belief?

I’ve had my share of beliefs that held me back. Not from peeing on the toilet, but from greater abundance in my life. From new clients “I didn’t even know yet.” From succeeding. From using my voice. They weren’t really scary at all. It’s a story I was telling myself. I’ve gained such great insight from the work of Byron Katie. She’s developed a way of identifying and questioning the thoughts that cause all the anger, fear, depression, addiction, and violence in the world and in your life. She also has a fantastic app too. It’s called, The Work. It’s so easy and the best $1.99 you’ll spend all year! She helps you sort out what thoughts are driving your feelings and beliefs to arrive at a new conclusion and move forward.

What are you scared of? Is it really scary or just a story you’re telling yourself? ‘Cause, I’d hate to see you pee your pants. 😉

Stay sane, my friends.




“I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.” — Byron Katie


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