Lessons from flossing my teeth:

This is a truly ridiculous look into my life and a lesson for you…
 

While flossing my teeth last night, I noticed that one of my bottom teeth had shifted and was a little crooked.  So as I crawled into bed and saw my purple retainer case on my nightstand, I knew I had to do it.  I also knew it had been a really long time since I’d worn my retainers and this was going to hurt.

 

It did.  It hurt.  A lot.

 

When I put in the retainers, I immediately got angry and wanted to take them out.  It was like squeezing my round teeth into a square hole and it wasn’t working! But after the first few seconds had passed, my anger subsided and my teeth started to adjust. The beginning was the worst, and then it got better.  Starting out is the hardest.  The pain caused by my retainers (and my desire for straight bottom teeth) is an absolutely hilarious metaphor for some much bigger lessons.

 
 

Here are the learnings:

 

Change can be painful.

Putting something new in place is challenging.

Setting new habits can hurt and be uncomfortable.

You may want to run from, avoid or remove whatever is causing the hurt.

Growth can totally sucks sometimes, but it does get easier.

Short term discomfort is merely a doorway to the place where you desire to go.

 

Remember: Starting out is the hardest.

It gets easier if you don’t run from it.

 
 

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