My latest one has to do with odors. One might think I'm going to say something about odors of the disagreeable kind, but I'm not.
I think our noses are being overwhelmed by odors of the agreeable kind. I think we are numbing our olfactory senses by being overly concerned with smelling "good."
Think about it. Here's a list - probably not complete - of the layers of smells a single human may have on his or her body on any given day.
We usually start the day with a shower. There's the soap, shampoo and conditioner. Each with its own smell.
We brush our teeth and use mouthwash.
Women put on make-up and each item has it's own odor. Maybe they take care of something called, "feminine odor."
There's hairspray and hair gel.
That might cover the bathroom.
Now we get dressed.
Our clothes have been washed in scented detergent and softened in scented fabric softener and maybe dried with a scented drier sheet. Maybe our clothes have come from drawers with a scented sachet or from a cedar scented closet.
Maybe we powder or spray our feet our with some kind of anti-fungal stuff or we put Odor Eaters in in our shoes.
If all of that wasn't enough, we walk through our home which probably has carcinogenic room deodorizers plugged in, or we've sprayed with Febreze.
I tell you, we're numbing our ability to really smell. And I think that could be bad thing.
What do you think? Are you tired of walking through certain aisles at the store and coming away with an itchy nose? Or what about walking past the open doors of a Bed and Bath store? The only time I went in one I lost the ability to choose a soap because after sniffing a few I could no longer tell what they smelled like.