Mental Floss

by Larry Hehn on April 24, 2012

mental floss“I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me – they’re cramming for their final exam.” – George Carlin

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow, so a few days ago I started flossing again.

Because I know I’m going to get that question…

“So…have you been flossing?”

Well, let’s see…

You just tried to floss my teeth for me, I winced and my gums started to bleed.

I think we both know the answer to that question.

Truth be told, I only floss for a few days before my dentist appointment (in a futile attempt to make it look like I have been flossing regularly), and a few days after (until I either forget or just get too lazy to continue).

And my teeth and gums pay the price.

When it comes to just about anything – whether mental, spiritual, or physical – we need to put in some regular effort to stay in shape, or we’re going to get sick, soft and flabby.

My “spiritual floss” is reading my Bible, praying regularly, and weekly get-togethers with two of my best friends where we support and encourage each other.

My “physical floss” is exercising for an hour almost every day using the awesome P90X program.

My “mental floss” is reading and writing regularly, and solving puzzles.

Sometimes I floss regularly, sometimes I don’t.

And, as much as I don’t like to admit it, the answer to the question, “So…have you been flossing?” is usually pretty obvious.

Lately I think I’ve only been doing really well in one out of three.

The other two?

Well, today is a new day.

So…how often do you floss?

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TC Avey April 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

I mentally and spiritually floss daily. As for physical floss…it comes and goes.

Real dental floss- RARELY!
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Larry Hehn April 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Thank you for sharing, TC!

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Thomas Mason April 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

I never floss my teeth. I know I should but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Good analogy between tooth flossing and other forms of “flossing.” I do well with mental flossing, but I’m working on improving on the spiritual and physical flossing.
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Larry Hehn April 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Maybe if they came up with chocolate flavored floss…

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Matt Cannon April 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

I never dental floss, however my spiritual and physical flossing is doing pretty good right now.
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Larry Hehn April 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

Following the Cookie Monster diet? 😉

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Stephen Haggerty April 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m behind on my physical floss. After running a race a few weeks ago, I’ve backslidden on my running routine. And now my body is showing serious signs of gingivitis.
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Larry Hehn April 26, 2012 at 11:50 am

Part of me is trying to picture that, and the other part of me is saying I probably shouldn’t.

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Ricky Anderson April 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

The dentist is always badgering me about it, but I just always wonder what the big floss is all about.
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Larry Hehn April 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Maybe he’s just trying to give you some molar support?

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Carol Rives April 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Larry,
I just loved this post; a very good analogy, indeed! There’s so much to be said for getting into the middle years and feeling as though your going to miss out on something.

I’m handing over the Sunshine Award for your excellence in blogging. You always cause me to stop and think, and for that I’m very grateful. Hopefully, some of my readers will follow me over to your site.

http://pauseandsmile.com/2012/04/26/here-comes-the-sun-little-blogger-here-comes-the-sun/
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Larry Hehn April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thank you so much, Carol. I’m honored!

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Juan Cruz Jr April 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Larry, I couldn’t help but smile when I read the George Carlin quote and your intro to the post. I am the same way when it comes to flossing my teeth – I floss more as I get closer to my dental appointment. I think I’ve been doing pretty good on the spiritual floss -I read the Bible just about every day or I read my devotional. Physical floss – I work out 5 times a week at the gym. Mental floss – I read every day. I start a new book about every two weeks. I am posting about once a week, and try to read other posts twice a week. Great post, I really enjoyed it. God Bless.
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Larry Hehn April 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Glad you enjoyed it, Juan. Thanks!

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Chris Gagner May 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

I recently went to the dentist. Flossing is always the thing they say I should do more. I just don’t see the need. I’ll use some mouthwash. 🙂
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Larry Hehn May 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I hear ya, Chris.
“Whatcha doing?”
“Oh, just shoving some string between my teeth.”

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Chris Gagner May 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I wonder who the first person was to think that would be a good idea…
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