Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Deeper Significance of Toilet Paper

In our day-to-day lives, toilet paper is pretty inconsequential. It's just a little thing that we rarely give any thought to, unless we run out at an inopportune moment.

A few years ago, my attitude toward toilet paper shifted just a little bit. The change was spurred by a random thought Eric shared with me one day. (He does this a lot, but for some reason, this one really stuck with me.)

So let's look at toilet paper a little more closely, shall we? What really is the deeper significance of toilet paper?

Well, as my husband so accurately pointed out to me - having toilet paper is a sure sign that you are doing just fine financially. First of all, you have the money to purchase something that is just going to be flushed down the toilet. Secondly, if you have the need for toilet paper, that means you are adequately nourished.

It's kind of silly, isn't it? But it really has done a lot for shifting my perspective. I am now more likely to pay attention to inconsequential things that I'd otherwise take for granted. I see reasons to be thankful for small things beyond just their intended purpose.

I don't know...maybe you have to be familiar with both sides of the financial fence to have this mean anything. But then again, maybe not. I think we all could use more thankfulness for, and reflection on the little things in our lives. After all, those little things add up to a pretty big total. And being conscious of that definitely works for me.

Are there any little things in your daily life that you look at from a different perspective?

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22 comments:

Kim@ForeverWherever 12:18 AM  

Gotta love a man who can find a word of encouragement in a roll of toilet paper! I'm sure my husband will love this story. I'll tell him to count his blessing next time he's in there!

Your post made me smile and I'm thankful for that!

Rina 12:32 AM  

That was so encouraging... I know I definitely need to be reminded of the "little things" from time to time. I really love your header, by the way.

creative gal 4:13 AM  

I think sometimes we often fail to realize how significant many "little" things are in our lives. Great post!

Lady Laura 8:13 AM  

Read your post as a part of Works Me Wednesdays. I understand what you're saying. My grown son has this comedy routine that he memorized and spouts off from time-to-time that just keeps us in stitches! It's about the differences between poor and rich people. But one of the lines is something to the effect that a rich man buys 2-ply toilet paper and a poor man buys single ply.

Although it's meant to be humorous, it takes on a totally different meaning depending on which side of the financial fence you're on.

Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts on the subject of toilet paper. It was a fun read!

AmyG 8:15 AM  

Something I never thought about. Thank you for that!

Sonshine 8:34 AM  

Thanks for the encouragement. Your post made me laugh. Some days it is hard to look at and be thankful for the little things esp. in this day and age.

Blue Castle 9:31 AM  

Great perspective. And so very true. :)

Carol @SheLives 10:07 AM  

We definitely take a lot for granted. I am most assuredly thankful for toilet paper. Charmin is a definite blessing. My backside concurs.

Well said!

Omah's Helping Hands 10:09 AM  

Now days when we have to pinch and scrimp a little bit more than normal, one learns to appreciate the little things in life.
Napkins came to mind due to my mentally disabled grandson. Without those little sheets of paper, I'd have more laundry, stained furniture and carpet, and the list goes on. I am so thankful for those.
Great post! And a great way to start the day with a chuckle. :)

Kelley with Amy's Angels 10:15 AM  

Stopping by from Works for Me Wed. and I loved this! How true! Thank you for sharing this. : )

REAL ME 10:57 AM  

very good point

Elizabeth 11:45 AM  

Wow. That's a really great point. I'm going to have to share it with my husband.

Laura@HeavenlyHomemakers 12:56 PM  

Such a great post, Kate! You're right...if we have TP...we are rich...and I have a great big pack of it!

The Mangerchine's 1:30 PM  

Thanks for sharing the depth of having toilet paper!

One thing that stuck with me from a Beth Moore Bible study I did a few years ago was she pointed out that if you have a book to read and an education to be able to read it then you are in the wealthiest 18% (or something like that, I don't remember the exact number) of the world... well I sure don't feel like I'm that wealthy on a daily basis, but it's just cause I'm surrounded by consumerism telling me I need a nicer car, better home etc. and flaunting the people who have them, I appreciate those humble reminders to be grateful for the small things that we so often take for granted

Shannon

Blessed Mommy 3:02 PM  

We are so blessed aren't we? I loved this post, well I love all your post, but this really made me think. Many blessings.

Brooke 3:15 PM  

well said! erm...written.

Erin K. 3:54 PM  

What a great reminder. Thank you for sharing it!

Kirby3131 5:15 PM  

I've been writing in my gratitude journal and just last week I wrote that I was grateful for TP. I didn't know why exactly, but I think you put it into real words!

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Lainie 7:02 PM  

I've had multiple abdominal surgeries and for years now deal with chronic constipation.

If you need toilet paper it means your "plumbing" is working and if your "plumbing" works be very grateful!

Thanks for the post :)

CPT Mom 11:20 AM  

I loved this post.

We are having some financial difficulties and just yesterday I was a little annoyed at having to use grocery money to buy toilet paper.

This post changed my attitude.

Michelle M. 2:04 PM  

That is so true.

We are so fortunate that my son can waste an entire roll wiping himself (we are working on this!), but we are always able to go to the store and pick up more. We are very blessed.

glutenfree4goofs 7:39 PM  

Have definitely been there. It's funny how far you can stretch that stuff if you need to :) I spent about 6mo without indoor plumbing wow that's fun with little one's. Perspective is something I got when I prayed that I would learn Mercy. I came from UBP and got a little blessing
Jessie

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