With a decade coming to a close and the holidays upon us I am reminded of all the love and craziness in the world. We could think about war, we could think about disease, and of course let’s not forget about the disasters that happen all day and every day to one person or another. There’s an awful lot of awful things we could be thinking of, but for today let’s only think about love!
I am reminded on a daily basis of how much love I have in my life, not only from my family and friends but also from all of the amazing, beautiful, stunning, and fabulous clients I serve! I feel the love every time a client comes into the salon, the love and trust you put in me with your hair is not taken for granted. It is a privilege and honor to work with so many different people with different beliefs, backgrounds, views, and experiences. The clients I serve have shifted me and changed my life for the better, stretching my thoughts, opinions, and beliefs; it is because of all of my daily interactions that made me into the person I am so proud to be today.
The people I see in the salon inspire and give me so much hope for this world. Hearing stories of the volunteer work being done, the donations being made to non-profits, the assistance they give to local community centers, and people in need. I am reminded of the kindness of strangers seeing how so many will rally around to help those who ask for it.
Recently my friend was in a tragic accident that left most of the bones in her face broken and caused severe nerve damage. She had multiple surgeries and shock treatments to stimulate the nerve damage, with no health insurance to help pay for it. She was out of work for weeks (and is currently still out of work). The community went above and beyond to raise funds to pay for her hospitals bills and other bills like rent and groceries. The Salt Lake community raised over $26,000 to assist in her medical and living expenses.
To see the amount of help and support she received was beautiful.
Everyday I not only get the pleasure to practice my passion of cosmetology, but I also get reminded about the beauty and strength of people. Hearing the stories of the work people are doing to help out their community and to assist those in need. This time of year, people go out of their comfort zone to volunteer and assist, I see so many people who go out of their way year-round to make the world a better place.
So, I say to the client who assists alcoholics in their recovery, thank you for your service to our community.
To the client helping people around the world getting the cataract surgery they need, thank you to extending you hand across the world.
To the wealthy entrepreneur opening free medical clinics to provide health care to those who can not afford it, thank you for breaking the model and no longer making medical care a luxury service.
To the client assisting in creating new scholarships to assist people of color in lower economic status get the college education they desire, thank you for making education an option for those who never thought it was.
To the client volunteering at the Road Home and Project Homeless Connect to assist people in housing transition or helping those who have no place to call home, thank you for seeing the humanity in every single person.
And to all the clients and people who are out there doing community work, volunteer work, or donating money and have not shared your experience with me, thank you for helping out the world.
Yes, there are an awful lot of awful things we could be thinking of, but today and every day I see love. I see how people are not becoming victim to the circumstances of the world and are being the hero for their self and others. I see so many standing up and helping one another, extending a hand, a heart, and saying, “I am here, how can I help?”.
As we approach 2020, I ask you to dive deep into yourself and ask yourself this question, “What can I do to create a world with more love?”. Of course, I see the terrible things in the world, but I see so many people who are trying to reverse that. It is no secret that I volunteer once a week at a medical clinic in assisting patients create healthier patterns. My sense is if every single person donated one hour a week to assist someone or volunteer somewhere, this world would seem a lot brighter and we would see more love and less of these terrible things we hear about. It’s interesting, for every gloomy, disastrous story we hear or read about, we may only read one story in regards to the growth, change, and the progress humanity is making.
As I send you off into the New Year, I want to say it’s not all bad, and to thank you all for reading my posts, for sharing your stories, and for being a part of my life. I find so much inspiration, passion, and love from my readers, my clients, my students, and I am so grateful to be a part of your life.
Until next year and with much love,
Daniel Jacob Hill
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