The other day as I was getting ready for work, I walked back into the bathroom to brush my teeth and noticed a horrible smell. Yuck! I looked around accusingly, and my eyes landed on the very towel I used (just twenty minutes before) to dry off my freshly showered body.
Not only that, but I gave my arm a sniff and I smelled exactly like the towel does! Eww!
(Just to clarify, I'm a clean person. I shower every day, I keep my house clean, and I rotate out my towel every two or three days.)
I was horrified. I had a meeting in twenty minutes so I didn't have time to jump back into the shower. So what did I do? I spent the whole day wondering if others could tell that I smelled like a stinky towel. Whenever I walked by one of my co-workers, I was afraid they would catch a whiff of me and think of me as "one of those unclean people."
Since then I'm this freak who is constantly smelling her towels. I do it before I shower, before I dry myself off, and even throughout the day when I'm just using the bathroom. I even smell my hand towels now.
So that is my story, I'm pretty sure I feel disempowered.
Linda! Yes, this is a great example of feeling disempowered. Your stinkiness was completely of your own doing and caused you to feel awkward in the presence of others. You might be asking yourself, "why didn't I just smell the towel as I was using it? How could I have dried off my face (MY FACE!) without noticing that stench?!" For whatever reason, you didn't do either of these things that would have averted your disempowerment. Knowing that you could have simply made a different choice that would have lead to a better outcome is disempowering.