Flush away the Misery


Gord was a really miserable sod.
His girlfriend said so.
His coworkers said so.
Heck, even his Mom said so.
In the end, even Gord had to agree he was a very miserable sod indeed.

Early on, I could tell he had poor mental hygiene habits. He literally wallowed in misery all the time. “Yes, but..” was his favourite phrase.

Gord was a master plumber, a real craftsman and a bit of a perfectionist too. He very quickly caught on to how our brain’s GLYMPHATIC SYSTEM works.

The glymphatic system is the brain’s waste disposal system.

Who knew that your brain would have a waste disposal system, right?

You probably know that the lymphatic system is the body’s waste disposal system, and you probably also know that our brains are kept safe and sound living inside a big bag called the blood-brain barrier that surrounds it.

The blood-brain barrier stops anything other than oxygen and nutrients from getting into the brain and it keeps infectious bugs out.

For the longest time, scientists had no idea how the brain got rid of its metabolic waste until one day a neuroscientist looked really really closely at brain sections and slices and found lots of little tubes running from the brain and draining into the lymphatic system.

He had found the brain’s waste disposal system, the glymphatic system. It was always there in plain sight for all to see but had been overlooked, which is a great story for another day.

So Gord and I had a good chat about glymphatic systems and getting rid of all the doom and gloom stories he kept rehashing over and over in his mind.

Flush it all away!

And then I had an idea. “Hey Gord, wouldn’t it be funny if every time you went to the toilet, you mentally flushed away the ‘crap’ in your head too?”

To his credit, he took me up on it and went looking for old pictures of Victorian Crappers we could use for visualizing and he picked out his favorite. (Yes, they were actually called ‘crappers’ in Victorian days after Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the water closet back in 1880).

Our somber man was laughing through the whole process.

His homework for the subsequent week was to practice his new skill. Every time he had to use the toilet, he closed his eyes and imagined he was sitting on his old-style golden Victorian toilet and flushing away all the ‘crap’ out of his head.

It made him laugh every time. He couldn’t help but smile. It didn’t take long before his brain took over on automatic and made it a permanent fun habit.

I hear from Gord from time to time and he tells me that he still chuckles every time he goes to the toilet and flushes ALL his waste away.

I have used this story many times since then with my Lab Rats and it works like a charm.

How does that work really?

Simple. Ever heard of the saying “Use it or lose it”. The brain works the same way. It reinforces the connections you use most often and it weakens and disconnects those you no longer use. Replace an old unhelpful habit with a new one and the old habit weakens and goes away.

You don’t have to believe, you just have to do.

Try this:

Next time you find yourself burdened under the weight of a dark cloud filling your thoughts with gloom and doom, imagine you have a beautiful antique gold crapper of your very own and flush it ALL away.

Let me know how it goes for you.

  1. Have you ever seen an old fashion Victorian crapper?
  2. Did you know your brain is equipped with a waste disposal system?
  3. What is the most effective way you use to get rid of all the unwanted stuff in your head?

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SO… What would YOU do with the rest of your life if you could get rid of the pesky misery that’s holding you back?

This one-of-a-kind optimist has a few suggestions for you.


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1 year ago

1. Have I ever seen a crapper? Probably, but none as beautiful as the red and gold one in the newsletter.
2. I did know about the lymphatic system.
3. TBH I’m not currently in the habit of dumping thought-waste. I love the idea of a “full body emptying” habit, though.

1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl

I don’t know how I missed your comment Cheryl. Thank you. “Full Body Emptying” habit, I hope it catches on :0

1 year ago

1- I have never seen an old fashion Victorian crapper. Love the name!
2- I had no idea. It makes so much sense that, if the body has a lymphatic system to get rid of waste, the brain should have one way to do it too.
3- I usually look at the stuff bit by bit and ask, how helpful is such and such a thought right now. If it does not bring any benefit, I let the thought go.

Dr . Gouri Kumra
1 year ago

Loved the read . Every word was salient and applicable

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