Every morning and every night most of us, if we care at all about our teeth and gums, brush our teeth. If you’re like me, I always marvel at that innocent elegant device called the flip top cap to the toothpaste tube. Instead of the cap detaching from the tube and becoming forever lost like one mitten in the snow, much less experiencing the inconvenience from massive quantities of tooth paste winding its way around your sink, the counter and any other number of places that a tube could get knocked about during your morning stupor, it simply flips open for you to squeeze out just enough for your brush and then can easily be flipped shut before the tube even leaves your hand. In fact, you want to flip it shut. It feels good and right to do a one-handed flip shut with the tooth paste because it may be the only thing that you can flip shut with one hand all the days of your life and now you can do it every morning and night. But I digress. It’s amazing that since 1886 when Dr. Lucias Sheffield invented the first tube of toothpaste all the way up until 2006 when Howard Wright filed his patent for the toothpaste flip top cap, we, the people of clean teeth, have been living with the inconvenience of tubes of paste and all that entails for well over a century.
It took us over 100 years of using something at least 2x a day for every day of our lives to recognize a solution that was right in front of us. Thanks be to you Howard Wright.
This reminds me of the great comedy of 1963 called, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World” with so many of the great actors and comedians of the sixties. The premise of the story is that a dying man’s last words which are of a buried treasure under a “Big W”. Hijinks ensue and off we go for a wild and madcap jaunt in a race to find the Big W. For those of you who may have not seen this movie yet I will spare you from revealing the end but suffice it to say that the Big W was right in front of them. Art mimicking life or life mimicking art you know we do either all the time and then tend to make fun of ourselves for not seeing the obvious.
Thought for the Day: What solution elegant yet simple solution is right in front of you just waiting to be recognized?
Helpful Hint for Being Human: When we are ready to see or hear the answer, we will. Asking for the help to recognize the answers in front of us is a first step.