Life Lessons From Potty Training

Welcome to Spirit Wednesday where we take a look at all things spiritual from meditation to prayer to cleaning the house. Yes, even house work can be a spiritual experience… if you choose to see it that way.

potty chair photoTiny Tot began potty training today. To say it’s been a challenge would be an understatement. I’m not sure who wanted to give up more, her or me. Still we persevered. Or, rather, I pushed her to keep training and forced myself to stay calm and think of ways to help her succeed.

As with any new skill we find ourselves faced at least once with wanting to quit. We can choose to shelve it all or to keep trying.

If we quit…

We may never know if we had it in us to become great. Regrets can follow us around, whispering in our minds that we’ll never amount to anything because we never finish what we start.

In short, our dreams end and our reality becomes an endless stream of diapers.

If we persevere…

We face pain. We face frustration and confusion. We face sweet success when we finally understand, when we finally get it.

Our dreams flourish and we stand taller in our big girl/boy panties.

To quit or not to quit…

Quitting a dream is something we can do ourselves. We need no help.

Persevering, however, sometimes means asking for suggestions, guidance, whatever we need to make it happen. If not for one of my co-workers’ recommendations I wouldn’t have thought to keep treats and books on hand to help Tiny Tot make the transition. Thanks to that, by bedtime she was having more successes and fewer accidents.

Regardless, no one else can make that decision for us. The choice is always ours.

When have you faced the decision to quit or persevere? What did you do? What would you do differently?

Photo by jessicafm

3 Responses to “Life Lessons From Potty Training”

  1. Well put, Virginia! Perseverance is often lonely and much, much harder, but there are sweet rewards at the end of all that hard work. Not so much with quitting.

    Something we did with our daughter (who’s 20 now and has been potty trained for quite some time) – we let her pick out ‘fancy’ panties. She really wanted princess underwear and knew she couldn’t potty in them and so it became her mission to only use the toilet. Awesome! Good luck with your daughter. It might take some time, but she’ll get it. ; )

  2. When I was in my grad program, I thought about quitting my second semester. One of my teachers and I had a personality clash, and every day he made me feel like I wasn’t cut out for that kind of work. I thought about quitting. But school has always been one thing I’ve never quit. I’ve always been a perfectionist about it. So I stuck with it, graduated, and will be working in two weeks. I’m glad I stuck with it. Those days felt like persecution, but a friend suggested I memorize Eph. 6 (can’t remember the verse) about putting on the armor of God. I recited that passage every day before class, and you know what, the batterings got less. 🙂

Leave a Reply