As I was applying my Carmex
for about the 20th time today I came to a relevant realization. It wasn’t the application that grabbed my attention though; it was the tube itself and the fact that it was just about empty. I had squeezed the tube from the bottom to get the Carmex out in the first place.
Why? Why did I do that when I had another tube that was practically full in my coat pocket? I wasn’t being too lazy to get it. My conditioned mentality made me think I had to use the first tube until there was absolutely nothing left.
The more I thought about it the more pitiful I felt. I’ve always been taught to use the last of something before moving on to something new. It was a practice of being appreciative for what I had, and learning not to be wasteful. The sad part is that’s how I’ve always lived life.
Using the last of my deodorant before I buy a new one, using the last bit of soap before I take a new bar out, wearing shoes until I absolutely need a new pair; you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for frugality, but this practice has had too much of a negative influence on my life. It’s become my default practice for learning to let go; allowing me to develop bad loss management skills.
The most important key to coping with life’s changes is knowing when it’s time to let go and move on. Life is too short to waste time with people and things that no longer serve a purpose. I can’t believe it’s taken me 24 and a half years to realize I deserve the gains that come from loss. It’s okay to move on to the next when the old is no longer adding to my joy.
I’m not saying I’m just going to throw stuff away the minute I become unsatisfied. I’m saying I can better recognize when the time has come to embrace change. I can identify when a purpose is no longer being fulfilled. I don’t have to squeeze the last bit of Carmex out of the tube; I can just use the new one. I don’t have to spend time beating a dead horse when it comes to my relationships. I deserve the freedom to choose liberty and pursue happiness. It’s my birthright.
So the next time you find yourself squeezing the last bit of toothpaste from the tube, put it down. Get another one. You deserve that new minty freshness, and so do the people who come in contact with you. 😉