The contents of my fridge might be locked in bottles, but they are smart about real life. The shelves in my pantry are stocked with jars and packages of good advice, cheerful creative philosophies and clever ideas.
From a jar of capers: “Do not use if lid is popped.” Good advice. When I’ve built up a head of steam, I’m not much for being used either.
Followed by the advice on a bottle of fizzy stuff: “Leave closed for 2 hours after agitating.” Wish I’d remembered that last week. Agitation and losing your head are closely related.
The container of spray whipped cream says, “Keep away from direct heat,” always good advice for those who have colleagues who are described by the other sentence on the can of whipped cream: “Contents under pressure.”
Moving into the pantry I find a box that reminds me that a little time to reflect is useful: “May settle in transit.”
On a beautifully packaged tin of cookies, some advice about hanging with those who are attractive, yummy and fun, but “not a significant source of nutrition.”
And finally, from the shampoo bottle: “Wash, rinse, repeat.” Each day is new. We do not solve problems or create good habits in a day. But each day offers a fresh way of looking at life, from the label of my favorite jacket: “Wash gentle. Do not wring or spin.”
—Quinn McDonald pays attention to words, no matter where they are written.