Have you ever noticed that some amusing life lessons can be learned through your interaction with toothpaste?
No? Well, that’s strange.
Lessons I’ve learned while brushing my teeth:
- If I get irritated when someone squeezes the middle of the toothpaste tube instead of bottom-to-top fashion, like me, then I’ve got some homework to do. There are more important things in life than where you squeeze your toothpaste tube. Ahem. Let it go!
- Different toothpastes have different flavors, just like people’s personalities: some of them we seem to like more than others. If that’s the case, don’t pay attention to the ones you don’t care for. Pick the toothpaste off the shelf you do like and gently walk away. No big deal.
- Toothpaste tubes come in different shapes, sizes, and forms. Respect the tube or the toothpaste can get messy.
- Take just enough: while too much toothpaste is wasteful, too little can lead to other problems!
- Just like willpower, when you think there’s no toothpaste left, there’s usually one more squeeze if you just press on.
- Take your time. Not being present can cause you to miss out. Like those back corners.
- Like anything else, good health and hygiene requires practice, patience, and punctuality! Some things, like arriving to work on time, happen once a day. Others, like meditation and brushing, are recommended twice a day 🙂
P.S. In case you wonder what toothpaste I use, it’s Dr. Bronner’s 🙂