About that Beard

Fearsome reminded me when I was reading an article that a dear blog buddy sent over that I haven’t posted a darn thing about beard care of recent. While we post plenty of Inspiration and Bearspiration, we ain’t been helping out with the actual beard care subjects of late.

The article that our BLOG BUDDY sent us can be found HERE. It’s a good read about a book appropriately named ‘Of Beards and Men’. I found it on both Amazon and iBooks and am deciding if I want electronic or traditional but definitely will be ordering it. Sounds as if it’s a good read. No worries as it will get a review once read.

To give us a push into the beard care posts, I turned yet again to you tube and found this short informative vid on one minute beard care. It comes from our friends over at Beard Brand. It’s worth the watch just for the Beardspiration of Jeff alone.

Fearsome gets a similar quick groom every morning. His emphasis of combing followed by brushing is key. The boar bristle brush is the best present I ever bought Fearsome. We add just a small amount of leave in conditioner just after the beard oil. We find the conditioner gives a light hold to keep Fearsome from getting too outta hand as the day progresses. We also spread the excess beard oils and conditioner onto our face, hair and neck for moisturizing.

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Current Read

I love to read. I don’t allow myself enough time to do so, but I get a good one in when I can. Disciplining myself might be a good way to get my reading mojo back. You know cutting out watching YouTube videos of kittens might help😉.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to hear Diana Nyad speak in person twice of recent. She is dynamic. After the first meeting I attended I wrote about her HERE. Her book arrived while I was last in Virginia with mom and was my little surprise when I arrived home. I started reading it yesterday. I’m finding the words on the pages as dynamic as she is. Just six paragraphs in she has captured my soul with these inspirational words:

Take every minute, one at a time. Don’t be fooled by a perfect sea at any given moment. Accept and rise to whatever circumstance presents itself. Be in full tilt, your best self. Summon your courage, your true grit. When the body fades, don’t let negative edges of despair creep in. Allowing flecks of negativity leads to a Pandora’s box syndrome. You can’t stop doubts once you consent to let them seep into your tired, weakened brain. You must set your will. Set it now. Let nothing penetrate or cripple it.” …Diana Nyad, page 4, Find A Way.

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Light bulb moment

“Ruby knew then that a lie could only control a person if they believed it.”

Excerpt From: Bond, Cynthia. “Ruby (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition).” Hogarth, 2014-04-29. iBooks.
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I have been reading the book referred to above. Last night as I was finishing the book the above quote hit me as if I had stood up to quickly under a shelf I was unaware of was above me. My head split like a melon under a cleaver.

Sometimes we unconsciously lie to ourselves. Living a lie we may have lived for years. A lie we may have made up from something we misunderstood, or living a lie that we believed that someone else intentionally or un-intentionally gave to us. The problem isn’t the lie, but the power it has when we believe the lie.

If we can pause, open our minds, find the truth and then be open to believing that truth, we can free ourselves.

(Excellent book by the way.)

When lightning strikes

I’m home!

Mitzi is always the best greeter!

Mitzi is always the best greeter!

After the delay, a sleepless night and then crossing the country I don’t feel anything especially profound to share at the moment. I got the final signatures on a house sale right after I landed so I’ve also sold a house today as well. My head is spinning!

And there’s one little thing that did happen to me today that I’ve never had happen before. I can now honestly say I have been struck by lightning, or at least was inside of a plane that was when it was hit. We were on final approach into San Diego and BOOM! The whole cabin was one big flash of light, everything shook, the plane wavered and the sound as deafening. Surprisingly no one screamed. Everyone was holding on as the turbulence was crazy, but no screams were heard.

I was reading Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now at the moment it happened. I think it may have been a message to me to stay present. To stay present in the moment at all times, including when it seems that we might just take a nose dive straight into the ground.

So for the rest of today I will practice staying in the moment without any worries. I’m also going to the store to buy a lottery ticket.

The current read

At the moment I am reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. 

I’m currently about 1/3 into it. I am a slow reader so will probably be another couple weeks before I finish it. Maybe sooner though as it is resonating with me. I tried a few years back to read his  The Power of Now, but put it down because it did not resonate with me at the time. I am actually looking forward to picking that book up again after reading this one. I am in a different place in my life and in my growth and feel it may now interest me.

The central focus of these two books is living in the present. Learning to live a life free of resentment and anger. Learning to live humbly. I have always wanted to live a good life. To live a life that helped others along the way and didn’t take from others. I wanted but didn’t necessarily know how, nor fully realized consequences of my own actions. In recent years my activities have taken on a focus of learning about living my life better. This book is definitely helping me along this path.

Last night these two passages stuck with me and I contemplate them today:

From page 111 paragraph 2, “For example, anger or resentment strengthen the ego enormously by increasing the sense of separateness, emphasizing the otherness of others and creating a seemingly unassailable fortress like mental position of ‘rightness’ “.

and from page 109 paragraph 3, “In essence, you are neither inferior or superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one in the same.”

His point here is that the ego can build itself through separation. By realizing this and recognizing it as the ego building itself we can bring ourselves into the present moment. The ego is attached to us but is not us, we observe it. At least this is what I am taking thus far.

I hope these two passages might resonate with someone along their path today. May your day be blessed.

 

My current read 10/03/14

My current read 10/03/14

…and let’s not forget this country tune from my childhood, it is Friday and humor has a place too.