I bought this hair brush in Boots, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow about 25 years ago. At that time it cost me about £6. And it is still here going strong. What does this have to do with you and your ability to flourish and thrive?
THIS post is about how people often take care of inanimate objects more than they take care of themselves. But with a little attention it is easy to take care of yourself in a way that you are experiencing joy, and feeling fully alive, and engaged with life.
As you can see from the picture of the hair brush it has flaws, it is no longer new, and a few of the bristles are damaged. A bit like people as they get older, right? But humans still have all of the ability to do the job that they were sent on this planet to do.
And the beauty of humans is that each one of us has a different job description, the real challenge is that 99.99999% of us have no idea what that job description says.
Before I tell you how I took care of my hairbrush I want to point out a few things that happened in its life -
When I reflect on the story of the hairbrush it reminds me a lot of the characteristics and super powers that we have as humans.
Humans all have the ability to be kind, generous, angry, fearful, fun, age, get lost, find themselves again, share with others etc.
It’s just sometimes people forget. They forget where they are, their purpose, until they are found again. Sometimes it takes someone else to show you the way, to help you to use your skills, to enable you to step into your role and utilise your full potential.
And all of this happens despite your flaws, your scars, the bits of you that don’t work, and everything else that goes with you.
The most important message for me in relation to the hairbrush is knowing that it is easy for us to lose things that don’t seem important while they are with us, only to feel a loss or pain when we don’t know where they are.
AND often the thing that we lose most of all is a part of ourselves. Let me now share with you some steps that I find very useful to stop being lost, and to take care of yourself a little bit more so that you can continue you to do your job in life regardless of whether you are a company ceo, the ceo of your home (ie homemaker :-)), a student, retired, a career professional, or even someone who is in transition and feeling a little lost.
Whatever the reason for you feeling a little lost, know that you can be found.
Someone who loves you, you love yourself, you love something or someone. Any kind of love will do.
I know from personal experience how important it is to find yourself, and that being lost is a gift but only one that you see in hindsight. For now, if you are lost try and enjoy that experience, but also put a date by which you want to be found.
And, take care of yourself more than you do of the inanimate objects you love!