As you know, I do try to mix up the subject matter on my blogs but I am acutely aware that there are a number of themes that have a habit of returning every now and then. Sport, driving, work/life balance etc. One subject that I have only mentioned once I believe until today is that of using the toilet. For those of you who missed it the first time, I wrote a blog in June, 2015 called Weeing to Win at Work about a highly amusing and to me at least, extremely unusual attraction taking place in a Canary Wharf public toilet.

Today, I want to share with you another first for me and that is an automatic flushing toilet. I’m not talking about a men’s urinal here. No, I am referring to a nice, clean, hotel cubicle where I didn’t actually sit down but within seconds of finishing what I needed to do, the toilet flushed – all by itself!

Perhaps I am behind the times, I’m not sure but to me, this was yet another example of technological genius that also has the added benefit of reducing the potential for the transfer of germs. Not that I get especially perturbed by that sort of thing, although I confess to occasionally turning my head to visually confirm when another man at the urinals has walked straight out of the room without washing his hands! 

Anyway, as soon as the toilet flushed without my having to do anything (I sincerely hope the system is not camera-controlled – that really could be embarrassing!) the following thought came to me…

‘It is January and everyone is talking or at least reading about detoxing – the best way, the worst way, or the wrong way. (A friend of mine even taught me a new word the other day – veganuary! Personally, I don’t think I could go for more than a day or two as a vegan but many people are giving it a shot for the whole of this month apparently.)

‘Why not auto flush all the time? Why wait until January every year? Why wait until your stress levels are so high you need time off for illness before you re-calibrate?’

What would an auto flush look like for you? No alcohol during the week? During the day? No alcohol at all? Or how about getting to bed an hour earlier? A ban on electronic devices or no work emails after a certain time. How about a drive to or from work with no distracting noise? A chance to think through things you don’t normally think about because you’re being bombarded with news about this or that impending doom and gloom.

Or an honest conversation with your partner of friend without interrupting each other – simply listening for ten minutes each. Even five minutes would be much more than most of us manage any day of the week.

This thought came to me via an auto flush toilet but of course, none of this good stuff happens automatically. You have to be intentional and make it happen – just like the men who do wash their hands afterwards!


Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.