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The Wisdom of Toothpaste. Friday May 20, 2016

Sometimes I don't think ahead – especially where this involves a question of maintaining the status quo. It bores me. This means that I often run out of basic things I need. At that point, I realise I need to make provision! Suddenly, I get motivated to take action! None too clever, but I'm content to be me – and I'm unlikely to change in that respect.

Toothpaste is a common example – I run out regularly. But, when you're ready, there's a lesson even in toothpaste.

I have a cavalier attitude to a new tube of toothpaste. I squeeze with gay abandon, brush, rinse, repeat – for surely the paste will last forever?

But when it gets down to the end of the tube, and I realise there is no replacement, it truly seems to last forever. It would appear that there is more toothpaste in the last part of the tube than there ever was at the top end.

My life is toothpaste.

At the beginning of the tube, I wasted paste. I didn't care. I had all the time in the world.

Even in the middle of the tube, I still felt like there was plenty of toothpaste – so I still wasted time.

Now I sense my end! I may actually have decades left – I don't know, but I do sense a conclusion to this tube of toothpaste!

My response is a good one. I am finding more paste in the little that is left than in the abundance I began with. Every day is a bonus. Every sunny day is to be appreciated. Every rainy day is to be received with gratitude for the life-giving water it supplies. Every smile is to be reciprocated. Every kindness remembered and cherished.

I live more in the moment now than ever before. Yes, I look back with regret at the waste, but I don't waste much of my time left doing this. I notice it and come back to the present. Yes, I worry about the future, but not for long. Today is the day to squeeze every last drop of value from this day's portion of the tube!

Fancy a squeeze? Or just a hug?

Lex
A Moodscope member.

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Paul Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:54am

Thanks lex what a great way of looking at it. Brushing your teeth every morning can be a good reminder of this thought.
Some oldies like me may remember remember the advert on tv from the past. I think it was the Colgate ring of confidence. A person would smile showing a nice set of teeth then a ring would apear around their head, then it would say the Colgate ring of confidence. We could change that to the moodscope ring of confidence. Now smile and brush them teeth everyone, and squeeze some happiness out.

Paul

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 7:24am

Wonderful, Paul, wonderful... I so enjoyed that advert and now the memory of it. Yes! Beaming my Moodscope Ring of Confidence today! Bless you! L'x

Milliecat Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 7:25am

Aw thank you for that great wee blog - perfect. I will think of that when I brush my teeth later. Thank you !

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 7:50am

Sqqqqqqqqueeeeeeeeeeeeeze! There's a lot of joy in the bottom of that tube! L'x

Anonymous Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 7:51am

A big hug with a squeeze would be good Lex! Great cheerful blog thank you. Julxx

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:50am

Jules, I'm storing up the hug tokens for you if the belief that we will meet! Then you'll see how much interest those tokens build up! L'x

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:08am

Hi Lex- a great blog. At least one can get a new toothpaste when the last one finishes but not for the metaphorical 'toothpaste ' you have in mind. However for both , once squeezed , cannot be put back.

The Joke Squadron had a lovely birthday ' candle light dinner for two' of a lobster Thermidor accompanied by its its favourite wine - a Chablis.

Here is our laugh for today.

A wife phones home and a strange woman answers. The wife says, " Who is this?" The voice at the other end says "This is the maid," . "We don't have a maid", said the wife . The maid says, "I was hired this morning by the man of the house. The woman says, "Well, this is his wife. Is he there?" The maid replies , "he is upstairs in the bedroom with someone who I figured is his wife." The real wife is fuming. She says to the maid, "Listen, would you like to make $50,000?" The maid says, "What will I have to do?"The woman tells her, "I want you to get my gun from the desk, and shoot the jerk and the witch he's with." The maid puts the phone down; the wife hears footsteps and the gun shots. The maid comes back to the phone, "What do I do with the bodies?" The wife says, "Throw them in the swimming pool." Puzzled, the maid answers, "But there's no pool here." A long pause and the wife says, "Is this 832-4821?"

Our course it's only in the USA that one keeps a gun in one's desk as a matter of course so the Squadron kept the dollars and the USA telephone number as sterling would not have sounded authentic.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:42am

Lobster Thermidore... you soul mate! You kindred spirit! Happy Birthday... even it belated... L'x

Another Sally Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 1:50pm

Belated happy birthday HO. Was the lobster thermidore served with a fried egg on top and spam? ????

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:04pm

Spam and fried egg, Another Sally? Surely not! lol L'x

Maria Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:41pm

Happy (belated) Birthday HO! Nice to see that you celebrated in style. I had to shake my head while laughing...the one joke that I don't have to convert the currency before passing on depicts gun violence. It's sad how Americans are viewed. Unfortunately many over here do treasure their firearms :( Personally I am a pacifist :)

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:54pm

Hi Maria- thanks for that. Is it true that more Americans now die of gunshot wounds than automobile accidents?

Hopeful One Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 7:17am

Hi Guys-Thank you all for your comments and best wishes.

Maria Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 2:34pm

Hi HO - No, that is a huge exaggeration. Traffic death rates are much higher. It is compared to other countries that our rate of gun deaths is very high. It is the ease of purchasing a gun here that really concerns me. Gun control is an ongoing topic and gun owners are very passionate and vocal about their constitutional "right to bear arms". The sensationalism of tragic acts of gun violence by the media do nothing to project a positive view of America either. Oh there is so much to say...in the end I just abhor violence.

Still picking figs Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:40am

Hiya Lex
This is so imaginative and thought provoking. We could do with you making regular appearances on the telly reminding us to wear that ring of confidence, like a public information advert. Paul will remember those too, I'm sure.

I regularly snip the end off tubes of toothpaste, handcream, etc. It still astounds me how much more product there is to be had; good to remind ourselves of our inner resources.
I'm going to plump for a daily hug, Lex. I don't fancy the squeeze - that's over-doing it. My new caption on my tube is 'Go gently, think pea-sized.' Xx

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:43am

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful... Thank you! Gently hugging... L'x

the room above the garage Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:13am

A squeeze! A squeeze! There's something Friday about a squeeze :-) Talking of adverts...who remembers the Zest advert...citrus yellow soap... It made me believe if I used it my troubles waking up in the morning would be over!!! A marketing man's dream. Love today's minty offering Lex, thank you! Love ratg xx.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:05pm

Except I can't do minty, RATG... so there's a challenge! Squeeze coming' L'x

the room above the garage Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:18am

And Happy Birthday HO! If this was a real table, I'd be serving poached eggs with bacon and coffee with brownies, much chinking of mugs and birthday candles! Love ratg X.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:06pm

Delicious... Breakfast and Dinner covered now... what shall we with HO for Lunch? L'x

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:48am

Hi RATG - thanks for the well wishes. Your choice sounds delish .

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:49am

Hi RATG - thanks for the well wishes. Your choice sounds delish .

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:49am

Hi RATG - thanks for the well wishes. Your choice sounds delish .

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:06am

Penblwydd hapus HO...hope the world is still your lobster!

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:06am

Penblwydd hapus HO...hope the world is still your lobster!

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:07pm

'The World is Your Lobster!' I feel a poster coming on... love it! L'x

Bearofliddlebrain Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:06am

Lex....with your cavalier attitude to a new tube of toothpaste, I see you in your bright shirt with a huge Cavalier's-hat-with-plume brushing away at your toothypegs!!!

This blog brings up memories of the adverts and also the joy, the fabulousness, of being the first to twist the lid off a new tube of toothpaste!! Bliss! But it also reminds me that some peeps in our household squeeze from the top and not the bottom! I'll have a Friday hug or squeeze please, cheesy peas!

the room above the garage Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:33am

Hello Bear, I'm glad to see you and I hope you are feeling a little fresher, love ratg xx.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:08pm

Ooo, now there's another blog... do you squeeze from the top or from the bottom? And what does this say about you? Off to fluff my plume ready for a hugathon. L'x

Richard Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:46am

I like it, Lex. Thank you.
Peace & Love,
Richard.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:09pm

Thanks Richard, I'll relish in that peace and love and send a squeeze! L'x

Mary Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 1:32pm

A hug and squeeze for you Lex? Always, my friend; always.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:09pm

Yummy! Hugaliciouos! L'x

Mary Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 1:32pm

Oh, and great blog! (Again, as always!)

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:10pm

Thanks, Mary... Always appreciate your input. L'x

g Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 3:55pm

Love it , love it - the blog and the joke and a virtual birthday party going on here so let me add some field flowers , gentle breeze , sun rays , music ... and lets dance ... water .. and lets swim ... or lets go for a walk .... i so need to get out of the house after a very long bout of flu and jet leg but i am still so weak and fed up with being ill that it is such a pleasure just to imagine all of this ....

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:12pm

Hi G, be well... I trust your imagination will lead to all these wonderful experiences you've painted in our own imaginations. I'm getting excited about the BIG daisies coming out now - they are magnificent and such a 'happy' flower. Spring in the UK - oh yes! L'x

g Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:55pm

Thank you Lex.I have just read that The May Flowers are lily of the valley and hawthorn.In Vietnam cities parks there are enormous beds of lily ... but I think they are peace lilies unless it is the same flower (?)

g Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 6:00pm

ok - I googled it .They are definitely peace lilies in Vietnam but I do love lily of the valley - so sweet and delicate...

Lex Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:49am

Ah, Lily of the Valley - one of our favourites too. All lilies seem to be wonderful. Thanks for sharing - and for sharing a love of flowers. L'x

The Gardener Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 4:24pm

I think I've over-squeezed my tube of toothpaste. Trying to cram months of frustration into 7 days respite, and \I've rund out of steam. Couldn't be age, could it? Cos I don't believe it. Favourite occupation, doing church flowers. Organist giving a lesson - it was awful, murdering cats wasn't in it - most unfair.

The Gardener Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 4:28pm

To those having celebs above, enjoy - tomorrow, mass and eat in a restaurant. Don't really like eating alone - but it proves to the town that I'm still alive, bored with contents of the freezer, nearly finished all my Marylin Monroe videos - and getting drunk doesn't work at all - but I might get a half-bottle champagne before Mr G returns - drink it while watching Sister Act or What's up Doc - both re-watchable. The out of control chinese dragon in the latter still gets me falling of the chair.

Lex Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:13pm

Great movies... wishing you magic moments, Dear Gardener, and time to grow some new happy memories in that articulate mind of yours. L'x

Maria Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 5:13pm

Thank you for a wonderful blog Lex! Sending hugs to all :)

Lex Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:50am

Received and reciprocated, Maria! L'x

The Gardener Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 6:53pm

Hugs and squeezes seem to be order of the day - group hug to all those lovely people who keep me afloat (except cold callers, how DO they do that job). Listening to Drupi, bet you've never heard of him, one hit wonder.l Dancing under stars in Sicily, and fighting off the hugs claiming I was a cold-blooded Englishwoman, those were the days. Another song the kids sung on the Italian motorways, Mary Hopkin, another one hit wonder

Jackie Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 7:32pm

Hi everyone I always read the moodscope but rarely come onto the blog as I have been so low I did not really know where to begin in here. I have had depression for as long as I can remember but only begun having anti depressants after 1986 approx when I got undiagnosed post natal illness, my gp refused me medication as I had a baby in in 1983. She was very premature at 25 weeks. I muddled along till 1996 and had some kind of mental breakdown after a long illness which led to hysterectomy. I was on all tablets at that point I didnt know what day it was for over a year. I got slowly back into work, I want to mention my daughter started having mental illness at 15 shes has been in and out of hospital though and has self harmed too. In 2012 she had a baby, totally surprised as she said she never would and we adored her, ive never felt the joy I felt becoming a nanny, being so ill after my own daughter. To bring a long story to a close as much as we supported our daughter with having our grand daughter here to stay she got exhausted after having gamma knife radiation on her brain for an AVM plus her best friend died and my daughter self harmed whilst a health visitor was present. She was taken to hospital and we cared for Olivia for a week when social services arrived on the friday to take her into short term fostercare they said. We never got her back my daughter failed the court pychology reports and we failed viability assessment. We went to court all last year and lost and now my precious little olivia is going to be adopted next month I belive. I am gutted I am grieving and no one else really understands. Ive continued to work and cry in the chemist that I work in since she was stolen from us. Im having therapy for you now ive had 6 sessions and im very up and down still. I just want the pain to go away but how can it, its like a living death losing her and only having one letter contact a year. No photos as we took our story to the papers. I just wanted to share my story in hope someone knows how it feels. I live in Shoeburyness area.

Hopeful One Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 9:17pm

Hi Jackie- I felt so sad when I read your story and all its heart breaking details.I see you as a strong person even if you do not feel like that because despite everything you are still standing as it were. So for now congratulate yourself. As my moniker says do not lose Hope. Believe that things will get better things will improve. Please keep talking to us.

Lex Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:52am

Hi Jackie, this is a good place to share. You can see that we care and those of us who haven't gone through such sadness can still understand pain and loss. As HO says above, keep talking to us... L'x

Anonymous Sun, May 22nd 2016 @ 10:20am

Oh gosh Jackie. This is terrible to have Olivia taken away from you. Will you have access rights to your granddaughter? Jul xx

Jackie Fri, May 27th 2016 @ 2:23am

All we have is what is called letterbox contact which is once per year, nothing else no photos of her will be sent to us but we can send photos of ourselves

Jackie Fri, May 27th 2016 @ 2:25am

Thankyou everyone for responding I will try and keep coming back now I have reached out

Jackie Fri, May 27th 2016 @ 2:25am

Thankyou everyone for responding I will try and keep coming back now I have reached out

Jackie Fri, May 27th 2016 @ 2:26am

Thankyou I will try

Still picking figs Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 8:35pm

Jackie - I've just read your brave and sad story. How wonderfully strong of you to say all of this. You've made me cry. Sending you love, hugs and squeezes across the internet. Please stay in touch with everyone here. I've only recently started replying to Moodscope posts and it makes me feel vital and alive. The group of people on here are fabulous. Reading their words of encouragement and hearing their stories is often the highlight of my day. I don't know how you feel, and your situation is brutal, a living death such as you describe must be unbearable. Hang on in there and keep Moodscoping. Spf xx.

Jackie Sun, May 29th 2016 @ 10:05pm

Thankyou

Anonymous Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:52pm

I like the analogy Lex. Thank you. It puts me in mind of the days of toothpaste in metal tubes, which could be flattened at the base of the tube and then very tightly folded/rolled up to squeeze out every last scrap of toothpaste. You really could get your money's worth then. I only hope I can make the best out of what remains. Oh - and if you literally find yourself minus toothpaste, don't forget salt is a good substitute. Go well!

Anonymous Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:52pm

I like the analogy Lex. Thank you. It puts me in mind of the days of toothpaste in metal tubes, which could be flattened at the base of the tube and then very tightly folded/rolled up to squeeze out every last scrap of toothpaste. You really could get your money's worth then. I only hope I can make the best out of what remains. Oh - and if you literally find yourself minus toothpaste, don't forget salt is a good substitute. Go well!

Anonymous Fri, May 20th 2016 @ 10:52pm

I like the analogy Lex. Thank you. It puts me in mind of the days of toothpaste in metal tubes, which could be flattened at the base of the tube and then very tightly folded/rolled up to squeeze out every last scrap of toothpaste. You really could get your money's worth then. I only hope I can make the best out of what remains. Oh - and if you literally find yourself minus toothpaste, don't forget salt is a good substitute. Go well!

Lex Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:45am

Hi Anonymous... what power you have to evoke memories! Yes, I can even remember the feel of rolling those metal tubes (and those of paint)... and glad to know about the salt... I love salt and utterly dislike mint! L'x

Eva Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 12:06am

Hi Lex, excellent and minty fresh (or whatever flavour you prefer). Normally I squeeze from the bottom, but sometimes I like to grab it any old how and squeeze and leave the tube all knobbly and mishapened. I don't know why but there is a glee that accompanies this. I'll squeeze in an orderly fashion again the next time quite happily, but I seem to feel the need to bust out every so often.


Glad you had a good birthday HO


I also love What's up Doc, one if my favourite films. I LOVE Eunice Burns, and her dress sense! And many other aspects of that film! Great call Gardener, make sure you have some sleep and relaxation time also planned as I believe you suffer from disturbed sleep when Mr TG is at home. It may not be exciting may be necessary in order to enjoy the rest of your fun times to the max, happy flower arranging.

Lex Sat, May 21st 2016 @ 9:48am

Random squeezing, Eva, must be a good sign! Occasionally, we must challenge the normal and the sensible. I expect you know the poem that begins, "When I am old, I shall wear purple..."? It sows the seeds of productive rebellion... a rebellion that may equally begin with random squeezing! L'x

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