Have you ever been stuck on the toilet and there is no toilet
paper on the roll? Have you ever
found a roll nearby but slightly out of reach, or perhaps just below the empty
roll itself? Chances
are you have!
The changing of
the toilet paper roll is a seemingly innocuous event in our daily lives but can
reflect our attitudes toward self and others at a very basic level. Perhaps if we could measure the
“changing of the roll” so to speak, it would reflect the way in which we are in
Imagine this, you are sitting on the “throne”. The tissue is hanging off the roll, just enough for you. Another fresh new roll lies just below within easy reach. What do you do? Honestly now! Do you take your piece, leave the roll empty, wash your hands and go? Do you use the last piece, and as a courtesy to the next person, change the roll? Or, do you leave the roll empty on the floor for the next person to change it? Perhaps you are so absorbed in your internal or external activities that you don’t even notice the roll on the floor. In which case, I sure hope you wash you hands on the way out!
I was in a job interview years ago, being interviewed by approximately 3-4 women. After all the questions were asked and the interview was coming to a close, someone asked, “Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?” Without really thinking I blurted out, ”I know how to change a toilet paper roll.” This little comment garnered a few chuckles, for we had all been there, but it also reflected, that I took the extra step of consideration for others after me whoever they may be.
I am not suggesting that we start running around and taking care of other people’s business. It is important to first take care of your own and then perhaps one extra thing. We are all in this together, whatever color shape or size. If daily we did one extra thing to make the world a better place without measuring reward or personal gain, how quickly our world would change! If we changed that toilet paper roll, or picked up the trash, or performed a random act of kindness or generosity of any sort we would be making one more gesture, which opens our hearts personally, and as a community.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of things that need to be changed when we start looking. It is easy to lose heart when overwhelmed. Breathe deeply and remember the heart of your being, it is here we are connected.
©Leslie H Bambic Ciechanowski 2009