How do you feel when you walk into a bathroom, sit down, look over and see an empty cardboard tube where a fluffy white roll should reside?

Desperation sets in as you scan the area for something you may be able to pass off as wipe worthy. No such luck, so you start calling out hoping that someone can hear your plea.

Anyone? Can you PLLEAASSSEEE bring me some toilet paper?

I’m trying to teach my kids to fill needs before someone has to ask or call for their help.

This empty toilet paper roll symbolizes how some people choose to live their lives.

Entitlement is walking out of a bathroom knowing you are leaving the next person high and dry. Aware that there is a need and that you’re not willing to put forth the effort to fill it.

I know it sucks when you are the person who gets to the end of the roll and you question why this always happens to you. Just change the roll. Do unto others as you’d want done for yourself.

How you do anything is how you do everything.

This is one of our family mottos. If you’re being lazy in simple tasks, most likely you’re doing it in big arenas as well.

I was in a life coaching class and a grown woman was talking about how her husband was frustrated because she didn’t change out the toilet paper rolls in their house and that she was going to start trying to do it.

Yes, that empty toilet paper roll staring at him screams that you matter more than he does.

With teen sons, this is what I see most often in their bathroom. I’ll take it. It’s a step in the right direction.

toilet paper roll

Acknowledge a need and do your best for the person who comes behind you. Don’t wait for someone to have to scream HELP before you come to their rescue.

Let’s do a better job of replacing the empty toilet paper rolls in life for one another!


“Hey guys, want to go to the Grand Canyon this weekend?”

“No thanks.”

“That’s too far.”

“I’m so glad I have to work.”

“I’m not doing that.”

Excuses, excuses fly from the mouths of our four teenagers who seem done with family adventuring and memory-making.

That’s why you do a 7-month family sabbatical around the USA and hit as many National Parks as you can before your kids become teenagers! We had our foursome exactly where we wanted them in 2014 when we wore out our National Park pass traveling 44 states by RV.

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