Inspiration comes in many forms.
No doubt about it, God is the author of all inspiration, yet He chooses to show us His creativity through different avenues…such as those stars He hung in space, and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. But because we seem to be prone to lining ourselves up with the talents of others, we also are given inspiration through them.
My daughters inspire me with their God-given strength and tenacity, as they engage life. Just watching them as they develop into what God intended, is better than early morning coffee.
Our oldest daughter just returned from a Photography Conference in Las Vegas. Her words,
“Had a wonderful time and am bringing back with me the hope, knowledge and inspiration I came for. Very grateful heart…”
Here’s the kicker…we actually have to engage. If we are indifferent and just let the world slip past us unseen, then our creativity is nipped at the budding stage, and will need a good pruning (start over). Much of the time we don’t believe we have it in us. Have you ever said, “I could never do something like that, even though I would love to.” Someone, or some THING, has caused you to buy a lie. Think about it for just a minute. If we are made in God’s image, then we should have some of that creativity inside us, right? Just like the fact we carry similarities of our biological mom and dad in us, we also carry similarities of the One who initiated life. Seriously, ya’ll…we have all that we need, built right inside of us from the very beginning of life!
Another source of my inspiration just happens to be the beauty industry. And like most industries, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some things in this industry are simply ridiculous (in my humble opinion). But mostly, I believe it to be the greatest industry in the world. Why? Because we hold in our hands the ability to change lives. The natural world intertwines with the spiritual one. Not many of us think about that as we work our “magic”, as some call it. We are simply using the creativity that was instilled in us. We are engaging what God gave us. The more we use it, the bigger it gets. That’s how God intended it to be. But we must put our hands to the task. It’s not going to drop out of the sky for us. Our very own hands, that respond to understanding the task, produce the effect…God gives the direction.
Seriously, how many times have you seen the countenance of a client change after having time with you? It could be from the change you created in their appearance (giving them confidence), or it could be from the peaceful place away from the noisy world (giving them a place to breathe, to relax) that you provide in the salon. If indeed you DO have a peaceful atmosphere. That will be another blog entry. Peace in the Workplace…very important.
You know what else inspires me in this industry? When I’m able to bring something back from the dead (so-to-speak). Corrective coloring is soooo rewarding, because not everyone can do it properly. It’s definitely a challenge, and the possibility of making mistakes are huge, simply because we fail to detect the condition of the hair, and/or miss diagnose the underlying pigment. Our clients are so very important to us, so we must always do a strand test if we’re not sure of the condition of the hair. Using oil on the hair (sometimes we don’t know that has been done) will camouflage the true condition, until you try stretching it. If it “pops” or breaks with a slight pull, then back away from doing ANYthing chemical, until it can be cut off, and you now have virgin hair that is much stronger. Maybe at that point, you can just break up the base a little to make the hair color look intentional.
If you lack inspiration in this industry, maybe it’s the wrong one for you. We must ask ourselves what inspires us…and then go for it full throttle. Engage and Indulge!