Analogy of Life and a Roll of Toilet Paper

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Post by Dr. Mark Christian

I heard an interesting analogy a few weeks back that compared life to a roll of toilet paper.  Now I’m sure you can draw a few inferences from that but the idea was the closer you get to the end of the roll, the faster it goes.  Not a day goes by that a patient doesn’t say “I have no idea where the time went.”  Sound familiar?

I find myself at an amazing stage along my journey.  I managed to find a beautiful woman that somehow agreed to be my wife over 10 years ago.  Then through faith, prayer and an assist from modern medicine, we found ourselves parents to 2 beautiful boys.  They’re both under 5 years old and manage to consume 100% of our time when we leave our jobs.  Weekends used to be about playing golf during the day and heading out with friends at night.  I play about 1 round a year now and couldn’t tell you what happens at a bar past 9:00 anymore.  The weekends are filled with doing the laundry, going to the grocery store and shopping for the pants they will probably grow out of next month.  And I can’t wait until they are old enough for organized sports….I’ll dread the weekends more than Monday mornings! And you know what…. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

We tend to get caught up in the hustle of everyday life.  I follow my morning routine to get my day going.  If I lose sight even for a second, the day goes off track.  Like this morning, when my son needed to go to the bathroom and I told myself, “He’ll be just fine by himself”… and then 30 seconds later I’m staring at a bathroom floor full of pee trying to figure out how it got everywhere except in the toilet.  A little frustrating at 7 in the morning…but a story I have to tell for years.

The plot of this post isn’t anything you haven’t heard before.  But I think we all need constant reminders to take a step back and value the things that are important to us because we never know when it’s gone.  As life goes on time may appear to go by faster, it is up to us to slow it down.  While easier said than done. I try my hardest to appreciate the moment.  Do you?

We’ve dedicated ourselves to improving people’s quality of life through better hearing.  When we miss things in a conversation, we lose the ability to connect and engage in meaningful discussions.  That’s when the moments start to flash right by. Don’t let that happen to you.