In order to learn how to do something, you first have to admit/concede that you don't know it.

The best part about admitting you don't know something is that you then have a less complicated path ahead of you towards learning it. Sure, in order to get to said promised land of opportunity you may have to pass through some valleys that are the kind of places we tend to avoide at all costs: shame and disappointment (which is kind of just shame dressed up in a more presentable outfit). If you're not prepared for the valleys they can become the final destination.

Let's be clear- there are valleys amidst rolling hills, and then there are VALLEYS that seem to drop to the center of the earth, and the level of discomfort is radically different in those two places but its root is the same, pernicious beast. It's the voice that tells you that you're supposed to know, whether it's more, better, different, or how-to do something.

I was reminded of this on my last trip to the dentist. My dental hygienist started talking about theactual purpose of flossing ones teeth- which I was surprised to learn is not to dislodge food from between them- and she said she was not sure why so many people are taught how to floss incorrectly. My response to this: "Who gets taught how to floss?"

I'm not dissing my parents, or the small army of dental professionals who worked so hard to straighten my teeth throughout my childhood- I think that flossing just seems so straightforward that no one bothers to explain either how to do it or think about why we should do it. There are bigger fish to fry, right- like good manners, learning to safely cross a street, or to avoid poisonous substances, etc.? And yet, flossing is a perfect example of the low-hanging fruit of small life-skills-learning that has the potential to immediately improves our lives on a daily* basis. 

In the spirit of spring and new beginnings we have put together a series of Cyril's How To workshops designed to provide us all with useful information that we may never have gotten or just missed at some point along the way. Whichever camp you're in, I assure you that you're not alone. 

* You do want to floss every day. (We will not be offering a flossing clinic but I'm happy to share my newfound expertise with anyone who asks.)