Dear Toilet Paper: A Love Letter is a post I never thought I would write. Life can change overnight, and when it does, the new normal can be transformative in both good and bad ways.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu
Nobody willingly wants to go through a crisis. It’s scary. Our minds become overwhelmed with thoughts racing in our head of the endless negative possible outcomes.
The health and welfare of loved ones, economic collapse, and the probability of an uptick in crime march through our heads with little relief in sight.
What makes it worse is that movement around the world has completely stopped. We don’t have the typical distractions that keep us going forward at a rapid speed, so we don’t have the time to think about our lives.
This love letter to toilet paper isn’t to make light of a terrifying situation. It’s a way to find a silver lining in the mayhem that we’re experiencing. Any silver lining would be good right about now, don’t you think?
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Here’s Dear Toilet Paper: A Love Letter:
Since I have a Creating a Cozy Life group on Facebook, I’m always searching for interesting things to share. Most members are looking to simplify their lives.
To help our members create a life they love, I look for cottage-type houses and decor, inspirational quotes, real-life stories of people doing good in the world, creative artwork, lots of adorable animals, beautiful places to visit, and fun memes.
Who knew that toilet paper would become the star of the memes trending on Facebook in such a short time?
I shared a meme with a man playing poker with rolls of toilet paper stacked on his side of the table. “The new high stakes poker game” was the heading.
Another meme showed a bouquet of toilet paper rolls on sticks and tied with satin red ribbon tucked in a vase. “Give your honey something they really want” was the slogan.
A picture was taken of toilet paper in the back window of a locked car. “Don’t leave valuables in the car!” was the reminder.
The latest meme I shared was the empty roll in a glass filled partially with water with toothpicks in it’s sides. “I hope it works!” was the title, referring to sprouting a potato in a glass of water.
There are even online retailers getting in on the action, offering toilet paper earrings to commemorate this time period.
While we all get a much-needed chuckle from the memes and jokes, they really hit home.
Would any of us have believed a few months ago that toilet paper would become a golden unicorn overnight? It has transformed into a rare, valuable commodity that everyone wants.
It goes to show how we take for granted the everyday things that make our lives better. Toilet paper is just the tip of the iceberg.
My mom didn’t stock up on any food, in spite of my sister and I begging her to be proactive. She was one of the people going store-to-store for two days straight this week, getting the basic staples for her home.
She just told me she searched everywhere for garlic, but couldn’t find any.
If you think about it, most garlic comes from China – so I can see why there would be a shortage. On top of adding flavor to dishes, garlic helps build your immunity – that makes it a high-demand item that might have a problem being shipped to us.
My mom will never look at garlic the same. Overnight, it has become something to be treasured in her eyes.
We should all write a love letter to all the things that make our lives better that we take for granted. That is one of the most significant silver linings to have come from recent events.
Problems that we had a few months ago pale in comparison to the possible challenges of tomorrow.
What if we took this experience and remembered to carry it with us every day into the future?
I think of us are conditioned to want more out of life. We compare our lives to others and set a goal post that continues to move forward onto better things as soon as we obtain our latest want.
How would our lives change if we started each morning giving thanks for having a roof over our heads, clean water, an abundance of fresh food, and time with our families?
This event has the power to transform the world. Most of us have been shaken to the core.
What if we took stock of where we are, and each of us dedicated ourselves to transforming our lives and a small piece of the world into the best version we can imagine?
Is this event the reset button the world has needed to realize that we’re all in this together? Earth isn’t a big place after all when something like this occurs, and the ripple effect touches each of us.
We are already seeing admiration shift from those who are famous and wealthy to the front-line workers that are risking their lives daily to save others. That alone is an incredible transformation.
Think about all the healthcare workers, farmers, truckers, teachers, and grocery store employees who have continued to serve others without much fanfare.
It seems so obvious now to give thanks to those who help nourish our bodies, teach our children, and take care of our loved ones and ourselves when we fall ill.
Why did it take something so drastic to wake us up? I think it was we have been busy.
Most of us don’t have time to breathe with all the obligations in our lives. It’s all we can do just to keep up with the endless parade of things to do just to keep everything balanced.
We are trying not to fall short on the daily expectations of those in our lives, so stopping to give thanks for a roll of toilet paper has never been high on most people’s list. Until now.
After living a life akin to riding a thrilling rollercoaster ride, coming to a complete stop all of a sudden can leave you more than a little wobbly.
Once we get through this trying time in our lives, we all have important decisions to make.
An Inspirational Story
I read a book about a woman that lost her job and her husband asked for a divorce in the very same week during the last recession.
In the divorce she got the cottage by the lake they owned. It was small, about 400 square feet (I think?) Most of the people who had cottages there only came there in the summer because winters were harsh.
She got rid of most of her possessions and moved into the cottage with her dog and parrot.
Writing jobs were far and few between and she realized she would have to be tight with her food budget. She committed to buying her food locally, or growing it herself.
You get to follow her along on her journey of meeting all the people that contributed to her food pantry. She also talks about being frugal with what she bought and transforming ingredients into a daily feast.
The events caused her to write the book that I read and that book propelled her to even bigger heights. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?
When things start returning back to normal, are we going to return to the old version of ourselves, or are we going to get to the core of ourselves and take a hard look at what’s working and not working in our lives?
Because I run a large group on Facebook, I notice the posts that are shared that resonate with group members the most.
The posts that are the most popular are definitely not glamorous ones. It’s the simple stories, crafts, quotes, and thoughtfulness that really tug at everyone’s heartstrings.
Here are the most popular posts in the group lately:
The story of a mama duck that returns to the same house every year and brings her babies with her to have the owner of the house help her take care of them.
A photograph of a tiny balcony decked out in coziness with fairy lights, plant shelves, and comfortable chairs garnered a lot of likes.
The video of a big brother singing and rocking his baby sister to sleep made everyone swoon.
A grandfather that wanted to uplift his grandchildren’s spirits, so he showed up to their house with purple hair. They were able to look at him out the window and laugh at their grandfather’s sense of humor.
The most popular posts change daily in the group, but most of them either tug at the heart or make you smile. Beautiful small things and moments stringed together make up a very beautiful life.
When I asked the Cozy Life group members what lesson they learned from recent events – here were some of their takeaways:
One of the members mentioned how wasteful she realized she was. She realized she could easily survive on less that she has had in the past, and that will be her lesson from experience.
Another person realized that being close to her family meant more to her than anything else.
3) Start gardening.
There’s going to be an increase of gardeners in the future, based on the answers I got from the cozy living members. Adding a food-producing garden has become a priority for some of the people in the group.
4) Making Your Own Household Products.
It has been fun to see people starting to make their own household products like detergent, sanitary wipes, and household cleaners.
5) Home-cooked meals.
Several people mentioned how good it felt to slow down and cook homemade meals for their families. There was no longer a need to rush from place to place and it felt wonderful.
6) Kindness of strangers.
This time period also brought out the best in some people. People stepped up to help the seniors in their areas by volunteering to pick up food and essential items and delivering it to them at home.
Others are sharing their stocked pantries with family members, friends, neighbors because they always have had a reserve built up in case of events like this.
7) Thankfulness of front-line workers.
Appreciation has soared for those working in healthcare, trucking, at grocery stores, farming, and manufacturing.
8) Time for crafting.
A few people realized they weren’t hoarders of craft supplies or books. They had been preparing to shine in a time like this – they just didn’t realize it.
9) Power of focus.
Multi-taskers slowed down and started working on one project at a time until completion, which changed their view of the benefit of multi-tasking.
10) Mother earth healing.
The world has also received a break from our carbon footprint. If you look at the satellite views over China, it’s amazing how
One of my favorite responses was how little was really needed to sustain ourselves and find happiness.
12) Respect for those who lived through worse.
A new level of respect was given to those who lived through World War II in Europe.
13) Spiritual connection.
Spiritually, some group members felt the pause connected them more with their beliefs as they turned their troubles over to a higher power. They have been reminded that God is in control, and they are not, and it’s okay.
Here’s my love letter to toilet paper:
Dear Toilet Paper:
Please forgive me for taking you for granted.
You’ve always been there for me before, readily available. After your departure, I realize how much you have meant to me.
I will never again think of you as anything but an asset to my life. Your softness and willingness to do the things others don’t want to do sets you apart from the other products lining the grocery store shelves.
Now your admirable qualities have been recognized by others, and they realize how valuable you truly are. They are even willing to fight for you.
You will forever have a place in my heart if you ever decide to forgive me and return back to our home.
I think some of the best takeaways from this unwanted experience are:
1) To find what’s deeply meaningful in your life and make time for it.
2) Celebrate the people that make your life better. Whether it’s your loved ones or people that help contribute to your well-being.
3) Health can be taken away in a moment. Treat your body accordingly.
An invitation to write your own love letter to the simple things in life you’ve taken for granted:
I would encourage you to write your own love letter. Whether you simply give thanks to the simple abundance in your life, or you write to people that have a positive impact on your life, the gift is really yours.
If we are able to keep our focus on gratitude instead of fear, we are able to get through the rough times a little bit easier.
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