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The Toothbrush & Toothpaste Theory
While on a video call, how one adjusts the mic after he/she encounters a disturbance unknowingly, people tend to adjust the mic according to the senses they possess, i.e. using auditory perception, which helps one to understand and accordingly adjust the mic setup.
This leads us to the “Toothbrush & Toothpaste theory”, you wake up early morning and you didn’t have a proper night’s sleep. You still are able to apply toothpaste on your toothbrush with closed or partially closed eyes. You might recapitulate it as quite a simple thing to do, but is it so? Let’s just roll back in time, a boy who is 20 years old now, 10-15 years ago, he used to find so much difficulty in applying toothpaste onto the toothbrush, but now being 20 years old, he is able to do the same with zero difficulty or NULL difficulty.
This leaves us in dilemma quite a number of times, in past when things or situations used to be quite hard on us and we were not able to find a particular solution for it, whereas now they are quite easy to handle as we gained some experience and familiarity about the same.
The same way if one can relate the “Toothbrush & Toothpaste theory” to the “Theory of Life” we find out one thing in common. Each time we try to get our hands on some problem/scenario that we never faced or experienced, we find trouble in operating or finding a solution to the
problem, No one succeeds the first time itself. No one can frame a perfect solution for the problem that he/she might have faced for the first time. We humans learn one thing at a time. Hence, we encounter hundreds and thousands of situation or problems and we come up with few solutions, out of which a handful of them are appropriate as real-time solutions.
So, what can we learn from a simple activity that we do every day such as “brushing teeth”?
Much to conclude and understand, but what stands out of them is the way we understand and treat situations or scenarios, which doesn’t only make us special but it adds an extra bit of intelligence and a flavour to our character.
The maturity comes in play when one understands how they should react to a situation which they have faced earlier, and should compute the outcome without much problem, whereas those who are facing the situation for the first time should understand the possible outcomes and the possible conclusion for the respective outcomes and should take an appropriate path in order to tackle the situation.
Many of us forget about the “altering” part, where we need to alter our “take” on a situation according to the factors associated with it. This not only helps us in advancing our thought process but also helps us to empathize hence understanding the person in his shoes.
For instance, a person when he writes exam for the first time, he takes a box full of stationery items (a black pen, a blue pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener etc), and when he enters the examination hall, he might not use black pen quite a lot as compared to the other stationery items, hence he concludes not to carry the black pen for the upcoming exams as he is not finding it as useful as the blue pen. Hence, he is not only reducing his burden but also limiting his requirements and cost. The above example depicts a situation at a pretty small scale, whereas the real-time scenarios are pretty huge and are capable of effecting a lot many future events that conclude the scenario.
About the writer:
Kalyan Parimi belongs to a rare blend present in the society being an Author of two books, a Researcher, Technical Enthusiast, a blogger and an undergraduate presently pursuing his fourth year in Information Technology. He tries to bring people together on WordPress and tries to spread the life lessons he learnt via short stories.
He writes mostly on social topics and tries to put his insight on the same. His style of writing mostly includes “Practicality”, “Relatability” and “Perspectives” which lets the user relate to the blog.
His motto – “Life is short, keep it hot”
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