It is indeed my goal to find clarity in a chaotic world, and so there are few things I have that could be described as complicated. I like to think that I have very few, if any things of that nature.
What you might not know about me yet (this is all rather new, granted), is that I have had a beard for as long as I remember feeling like an adult. This is way before my shift in life to break through of the chaos and stop fearing it. This is back when I was the 9-5, cog in the wheel, rat race participant, useless tit that I used to be. The thing is, I’m not shaving my beard off.
It ties me to the past, sure. It’s unnecessary, sure. Further, it’s not just wild. I keep it nice and trimmed. That sounds totally insane…I mean, how much more nonsensical and unimportant could a task get? Why not just let my beard grow wild and remove having to cut it from my routine, simplifying my life?
It is part of me and it is how I enjoy looking. That’s it. In my life, there is not so much holier than thou prickishness to enjoy looking a certain way. It helps in one’s mind when one is pleased with his outer appearance. It’s his face to the world, it is how he is seen from Others, from the Outside. Why not take very great care to present it just right?
You see, I did consider how having a beard trimmer would harm my life. I used to have one of those drug store brand beard trimmers/hair clippers that was pretty clunky and pulled my hair and all the rest of it. When I had an epitome about the chaotic world and how to break free of it, I decided that one of the things I would replace is my trimmer. I hardly considered shaving off my entire beard, and knew very quickly I’d have to find a simple tool to keep the hair proper.
I mean just look at it. How simple can you get? It’s perfectly crafted. It is like an Apple product in it’s delivery of simplicity and sexiness. It makes me happy and serene to use it every morning.
It works. It wasn’t that expensive. It’s tough. I mean, it just fits my life in so many ways.
And that is an interesting tidbit. The extent of my journey, as this entry is entitled. I have taken steps to make my life different in each and every facet of it. A simple thing like a facial hair sculptor. From my old Wahl multipurpose all in one unit to this marvelous, sleek, clean, and serene, calming new device.
If you want to stop fearing the chaos around you, simplify ALL aspects of your life, and when you think you’ve done it, look again with the starting point being the newest aspect you’ve just simplified. Continue on that path of comparison and relevance until you literally can’t think of how else to cut down and become more basic. By entering the lowest denominator, where all things are easy and simple, you can start to grow purposefully. That means going so far as getting a better beard trimmer – commit, and get it done. Be serious. These aren’t necessarily the best examples…very superficial:
Think deep and act deep.