Much of what I’ve learned in life comes from TV commercials.
It’s where I picked up such nuggets as, “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything,” “Don’t take your headache out on others” and “If he kissed you once will he kiss you again?”
OK, so some are gems and others are, well, a quest to ensure good breath.
FYI, if you’re smart, you’ll go for the product that’s two, two, two mints in one.
But I digress.
The commercial that popped up in my brain rotation recently was the one with the memorable tagline, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.”
It was an ad for a hair color product, playing into the whole sentiment of self-esteem. Much like the Certs reference that planted seeds of doubt in your mind that if you didn’t address your breath, he might not kiss you the first time and he definitely wouldn’t kiss you again.
But I digress. Again. Apparently I’m still working through some issues with minty fresh breath. Or kissing. Note to self: Check in with Ron and find out what he knows that maybe I don’t.
Seriously, Clairol’s iconic ad caused a lot of folks to head to the drug store and purchase their products. Prompted by the buy-in — you’re not getting older, you’re getting better.
Are you, though, really?
Are any of us doing anything differently — purchasing hair color aside — to live up to the label “better?”
Surely we’ve all encountered those who, when faced with any sort of challenge to be kind or decent or patient or exhibit any movement whatsoever toward improving their behavior, will mutter dismissively, “Can’t. This is just the way I am.”
To which I ask, “Is it, really?”
There are definitely things that are challenging to change about ourselves — age, shoe size, height and other features short of engaging in plastic surgery.
But here’s what — we can change how we react or respond to others, how we treat people, the tone of voice we use and how we behave during the course of our day. No two ways about it.
Because if you have your health, if you are still able to walk and talk and are in your right mind, there is no excuse for not making an effort.
Trust me on this one. I won’t go there now except to say that the whole concept of getting older and finding yourself unable to walk or talk or be in your right mind, well, let’s just say I am seeing it up-close-and-personal enough to veer far far away from making excuses or taking such things for granted.
If you have anyone in your family, or even anyone in your path, struggling with mental or physical issues of any kind, then you know from whence I speak.
So while we can still get older, what’s to stop us from getting better?
At the very least, we need to get out of our own way and appreciate the things we have and can still do.
Because, lest we forget, when you’ve got your health, you really do have everything.