A perspective I’ve taken on lately is that life is a series of moments. A few of those moments happen in the bathroom. And in the bathroom sometimes there isn’t toilet paper.
Just an empty toilet paper roll.
Waiting and probably so useless as to whatever purpose you may have, or have already had, in the bathroom (unless, of course, you’re making binoculars).
A mindful practice
Why is toilet paper so often shifted to the sink counter? Or to the toilet water tank? Why do toilet paper rolls sit empty next to their associated appliance? Spending that extra bit of time after scrambling around for the toilet paper, or having to rip the cardboard off the holder, is usually the last thing on my mind.
I mean, it used to be!
Be the change you want to see in the world.
A couple years back, I committed to myself that whenever I see an empty toilet paper tube—at my place or a friend’s place—that I would remove the tube and put on the nearest roll.
A fertile commitment
Going from this commitment—which is as of yet iron clad in all reasonable circumstances—I started daily meditation, daily flossing, and daily poetry writing practices. Yes, some of my poems are like:
Here I am again
Use more time
And I’ve waited to the end of the day for meditation, fudged a bit on what counted as “meditation,” and maybe I forget to floss now-and-then. It’s okay though!
Let’s take a step back
A former supervisor of mine forgot to mention me in a congratulations ceremony once. I understood how that happens, but was confused and sore about it. While discussing it later, my supervisor said that they would never intentionally do anything to hurt me.
I turned that into what I call “a bedrock.” I trusted it completely, and really, I still do.
Toilet paper rolls as a bedrock?
Toilet paper tubes are not the best replacement for tectonic plates or for what underlies arctic tundra. But! They are a surprising and lasting bedrock for inspiration and resilience. Especially resilience. Because, after all…
…if everything else goes to shit, I can still replace the toilet paper roll. (And go from there.)
Have a great series of moments today! Solidarity in life, friends.