The night I graduated from high school – I gave a little speech. No, not that speech, this was just for my family and friends that had come over to our house to celebrate with some fantastical Italian food. I don’t recall every word – but part of it just jumped into my mind today…
This is what I remember:
“So, I was brushing my teeth yesterday – and it occurred to me that only a little toothpaste is necessary, really it’s all you need. And I realized that this is a metaphor for life. If you put too much on the brush, the extra just falls off into the sink anyway – and it sticks there, an unsightly mess.
On the other hand, if you squeeze out too little – there’s basically no satisfaction and you can’t get the job done.
It’s all about finding just the right amount. And this applies to toilet paper, too.”
Hmmm, even back then, my mind was thinking in blog posts.
Amazingly, I get it. I know exactly what I meant – and now that I’m older and wiser (cough, cough), I can apply this rule of moderation, balance, ‘just enough’ beyond that teenage concept of ‘life’ and into relationships, business, marketing, writing, social media, everything.
Too many words and you’ve lost the reader’s attention, too few and you haven’t conveyed your message – to name one.
If only I’d kept a journal or blogs had been invented in 1991, we’d be privy to more 17 year old ‘deep thoughts’. For now, it’s just flashbacks and 18 years of carefully measured toothpaste squeezes.
Where else does this concept apply for you? Or does it? There must be some of you out there that actually prefer to gob the toothpaste on…let’s hear it.
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