The Metaphor of Flossing
This morning as I was brushing my teeth I realized there was something in the middle of my two front teeth. I thought to myself “how long as that been there?” After reviewing all the people and puppies, I talked with this morning; Jenny, Raven, Harley… I thought “Well, I will just brush really good and it will go away.” Needless to say, it didn’t. At work the receptionist and I discuss openly how we are great brushers and not so great flossers (I know we are tight at work 😊). This year – as most know I have had quite a bit of dental work done, and I reflected back to the counsel I get each time I go in for a cleaning….
Hygienist: How is flossing going?
Crystal: Well I am doing better then the last time you asked me…
REALLY? BETTER? WHO DO I THINK I AM KIDDING – maybe I flossed one more time better. She then tells me on a scale of 1-to some number how healthy my gums are and again I am reminded of how important it is to floss.
I have thought a lot about this small lesson and how often we cruise through our lives (brushing our teeth) and forget to take care of the most important things (flossing). If we don’t floss we get gum disease  and our teeth fall out. We may have brushed every day but they still fall out. I relate this to the time we take to do the little things. This could be selfcare (meditation, prayer, taking time to connect internally, journaling, drawing, writing), and without selfcare we can literally “fall out” of balance.
I also relate it to relationships. I am probably one of the most task-oriented people you will meet. I love to get things done, but what I love more is connecting. Connecting  with the world and people around me. If I don’t do what I need to do for me – the rest falls apart. When I take the time for me, connecting with others comes naturally.
Flossing in my world looks like:
1. Talking with my family about successes and struggles, with no interruptions – connecting.
2. Spending 15 minutes in the morning listing to uplifting music and reviewing some study notes.
3. Reading
4. Exercising
5. Writing
6. Eating good food
7. Meditating
What do you do to ensure you are taking care of yourself, and more importantly – WHY? How is the selfcare you are doing serving you? Is it leading you where you want to go? What can you do today – to ensure the healthiness of your “gums” or life – is taken care of?

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