When The World Gives You Toilet Paper…

toilet paper

When I was a kid, vandals TP’d our yard. They tossed several rolls of toilet paper in the trees and stormed off into the night. The next morning, we woke to a maple, sweet gum, and two oaks draped in Charmin Ultra-Soft.

My dad had a sh%t-fit.

Artist’s rendering of Dad: 🤬

My brother and I spent a weekend afternoon pulling piles of TP from the trees.

When author David Sedaris was a kid, vandals TP’d his yard, too.

David’s father celebrated.

He sent David out with ladder and a rake to collect the TP. He instructed the boy to spread the wet TP (it had rained overnight) on the lawn. Once the TP dried, the boy spooled it back onto those cardboard tubes and placed the rolls in the bathroom closet.

When I first heard Sedaris tell that story, I thought, “That father is crazy!” But now I see it differently.

In his book “Stop Settling,” (which I recommend)…

….my friend (and Story Power email subscriber) Rick Hale writes:

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Amen, Rick!

One man sees trash (“&S!#%!”)

Another man sees treasure (“Yippee! Free TP!”)

We all have bad days and good ones. Pick your metaphor. “When the world gives you lemons…” or “When your ‘yard’ gets TP’d…'”

The questions for us: How do we look at these things? How do we respond?

Do we grumble and curse our fate? Do we assume nothing good can come of this?

Or do we find opportunity, reflect on reasons to be grateful, count our blessings and push forward?

Don't go away yet..

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.