Well, I’ve got a great title here, and it’s grabbed your attention. Now I just have to come up with the content – and I have! Sooo…

Briefly, floating poo means you may have too much gas in your bowel. Some people think it means too much fat in the diet, but it doesn’t. Normally, floating poo isn’t a concern, unless you have other symptoms such as blood in the stool etc.

So, my point is: don’t jump to conclusions, or guess the facts about a situation, without having enough information. Don’t worry unnecessarily. But on the other hand, do monitor things you’re not sure about and see how they develop over time. Something unusual might need investigating to set your mind at rest. Trust your instinct BUT do some research to see if it’s dangerous or not.

When I was a young mother with babies, my doctor said: always trust your mother’s instinct. If something seems wrong for you, for how your baby normally is, come and get it checked out. It could be nothing, but it could be something. And only YOU are watching your baby every day: you know what is out of the ordinary.

I often clock things: about me: my health, a work situation, an acquaintance, a colleague – and I think, “Hmm, I’ll keep an eye on that, ‘sit with the feeling’, see how it develops”. I have found that my first instinct is often correct. I might think someone is a bit scatty, vulnerable, needy, unreliable, precious. Or I might think they’re fantastic, sparky, interesting, capable and thorough. But I am prepared to revise my assessment as time goes on – but always remember your first impression: it may just be right.

And if I don’t immediately know what to do about a situation, I sit with it, let it percolate. As I’ve said before – some things need to be dealt with immediately but some things don’t (ESPECIALLY replying to emails/messages – have a think before you reply!)

On first sight, a lot of things alarm me: do I want to do a project which is a bit new, different, challenging and scary? Do I want to go to the Phillipines for 3 weeks to do a project with people I don’t know, who’ve stipulated, “Don’t bring too many clothes or toiletries because everything will be provided”?! *scream emoji* (I still haven’t said no to this, it’s happening in September – I’ll report back). I’ve learned to take notice of my first reaction (doubt, worry) and to be aware that: this is just me having a natural cautiousness about new and unfamiliar things. I let it ferment, I cogitate, and I see where it takes me.

So that’s my twopenn’orth on alarming things (floating poo!) that may turn out to be fine 🙂

Sarah Lockett

Sarah Lockett is a former BBC News / Sky News anchor who currently presents a variety of content for corporate clients and delivers media training.
She has presented on BBC News and Sky News, plus reported for Channel Four News, 5 News, Reuters and others.
She now hosts webinars and conferences, chairs corporate/academic panel discussions, hosts award ceremonies and events. She writes, presents and produces training videos, as well as voiceovers (both factual and drama/comedy). She has written two books and is also working as an actor.

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