what i learnt this week 2017 :: WEEK 22


In the 1990’s Oprah started talking about poo. The subject was breached by Dr Oz when he started out on her show and at the time it was quite revolutionary. They talked about size, texture, colour, regularity and most surprisingly shape. They went on and on about C and S shaped poo. This was the holy grail of a healthy gut, body and lifestyle.

After watching Oprah’s revelatory poo discussion, I began checking my bowl for letters of the alphabet and was super disappointed that I could not see letters of any kind. Over the last 20 years I periodically checked my toilet bowl with anticipation and optimism, hoping I might have finally cracked the poo code.

“It should be an S shape and you want to make sure the colour’s normal because the colour of the poop tells you a lot about how you made it” – Dr Oz

Flash forward to a recent overseas holiday to Hawaii – I had never been to the United States before. Despite having been warned about the high level of water in American toilet bowls, I was still surprised by just HOW MUCH WATER there actually was. It was so high that I was scared of accidentally rinsing my hands in toilet water (thankfully I never did).

It wasn’t until my first number 2 in an American toilet that I finally (after 20 years) understood what Oprah was going on about. I had no chance of fulfilling my dreams of finding a C or even better and S shaped poo in my toilet bowl at home. There simply wasn’t enough water to allow a full display of my good works.

Not only did I have a great holiday in Hawaii, I got to fulfil my biggest poo goal – on a daily basis ūüôā

It was comforting to know that I had always been as healthy as I could be (in terms of poo shape), but the limitations of non-American toilet bowl design never allowed me to fully realise how awesome I had always been. So, all along Oprah was right… I should never have doubted her wisdom… it was non-American toilet design that had let me down.

VIVA POO and as Chris Hardwick’s father used to say, “Any day you¬†can take a shit is a¬†good day”. Here’s hoping your day, and your poo, are good today ūüėõ

what i learnt this week 2016 :: WEEK 28

Power… an addictive¬†drug. It is something that drives humanity to survive, concur and evolve. Just like so many of the things that in our past gave us¬†an evolutionary advantage, power has some undesirable carry over effects.

The definition of power is (in the context to which I am referring to)¬†the possession of¬†control or command over others; authority;¬†ascendancy.¬†Power is¬†one of the defining characteristics¬†that enabled Homo sapiens to conquer the land building towns and cities. However, now we strive to have power over other things… our family members, work colleges, pets, the weak and infirmed.

Power is often seen as taking power from someone and using it to dominate them… this¬†seems to be the base understanding of what power is. Here are just a few recent examples of how the desire for power over others has been represented in our news headlines…

  • Children being horribly abused while in juvenile detention – is this not a horrible display of men wanting to feel powerful at the expense of the children involved?
  • An elderly man choked, restrained, hit and force fed by a ‘care’ worker in a nursing home – the ‘care’ worker in question no doubt felt powerful by abusing and intimating his victim.
  • The horrendous amount of family violence cases, far too many of them resulting in the death of women in Australia (and beyond) – these men feel powerful by verbally, emotionally and physically¬†abusing¬†their partners.
  • Police officers abusing their power by¬†bullying, harassing or shooting unarmed citizens – men with guns feeling powerful by taking power away from others.
  • Trump… what can I say –¬†he seems to me to be drunk on power and will do and say just about anything to keep it.

Power over other people and things is not true power. I read¬†Gary Zukav’s The Seat of the Soul a few years ago (because Oprah told me to). I hate self-help books but this one was particularly eye opening. He explained that having power over other people was a cheep and easy power that did not last and was not good for your own soul.

However, learning to have power over yourself and realising that every negative emotion is fear was¬†tremendously liberating… at least it was for me. If you are truly powerful you look after yourself and those around you (strangers, friends, family, animals and the planet). If you are truly powerful you will not take power away from other people… you will find it in yourself.

It’s like eating junk food for a quick fix (cheep power) and eating healthy food that nourishes your soul and everyone¬†around you (authentic power).

That’s about as hippy as I get. Think about it.

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