I had an experience last weekend that stuck with me. I had to get a hair cut and because I speak a lot at Aveda (the hair cutting institute and much more), I decided to book at their school where I would be paired with a random student. The students ask you a lot of questions before they cut your hair so they know what would resonate with you in terms of personal style, interest, commitment, etc. So, the hair cut went fine and by the time she was done, I was satisfied with the job done.
When my student hairdresser asked me what I wanted in terms of personal style with my blow dry, I commented ‘lots of volume’. I inwardly laughed and thought ‘good luck’. I have always had a thing with my hair. It is the finest hair which I struggle with on a daily basis to add volume to. I put Aveda products in it to help volumize and then spend time blow-drying and putting velco rollers in it. Then I walk to work and by the time I get to work, it has no volume or style left in it.
So when the student promised me ‘I will give you lots of volume’, she seemed to take on the task with a measure of commitment that I have not seen in a while. First of all, she put three different products in to volumize it- one was put at the roots, one was put through out the hair and another was concentrated in various locations on my scalp. I believe the products were pure abundance, volumizing tonic and thickening tonic. Then she sectioned my hair so she would concentrate on blowdrying a small section of my hair at a time. She took that small section and blew-dry it very specifically. She blew the section up with the warm section and then she set it with the cool section. She would also twirl the hair off the brush so it had more texture.
I am sure I am not giving you any idea what she was doing. But the point I want to make is, she made it her mission to give me volume and every decision she made was aligned with that task. She was so immersed in the moment and gave her all to the task in a way that I have not witnessed before and therefore, brought a new level of appreciation of the moment to me by doing that- she inspired me. I truly have never had that much volume in my hair. I walked home, so grateful that she made me feel good about my hair; the next day, people were still commenting on how my hair looked better. I realized I could have more volume every day with her skill, attention, expertise and patience for the task at hand.
It is so easy to become bored with what you are doing or forget to bring your all to every moment. I certainly struggle with that at times. I think it is becoming lazy or complacent or forgetting to look at the world through a different lens- one that seeks to bring your all to every moment. It is after all a choice. Learning new things does bring more to the table, but also realizing the value you already have, and mining for the gold in that wealth of knowledge and experience, that you already have, is so important; drawing on that, to bless other people leads to a richer experience (pun intended).
If you take each moment, divide it into little sections (like my hair), and decide how you can bring and then ultimately, give each moment your all, the people around you, will be richly blessed, like I was at the salon. I am so grateful to speak at Aveda about naturopathic medicine. To book an appointment with me, please call Parallel Wellness in downtown Calgary. 4032321283 Until then, be well!