June 2011

Jerry Tyler

Blue Highways | by Jerry Tyler


The Beauty of Here and Now

As I roam the Blue Highways of our profession, I often wonder if we are so caught up in the hustle of trying to make things happen, that we miss the beauty of the here and now.

Sometimes, it's important to just be silent for a while in order to see things that have been there all the while, but we were too busy to notice.

The nature and beauty of our business can be lost in the shuffle if we do not take time to absorb where we are and how far we have come. Sometimes, we are so focused on the next big thing or trying to advance towards our dreams, that we over analyze ourselves into a state of anxious inaction.

We become frustrated about where we believe we should be, and forget to appreciate where we are. We forget to give ourselves praise for our performance thus far in our journey, and realize that we have arrived as intended, not by accident.

While truly abundant leaders are always in the process of conscious creation and positive action, they are also present in the here and now. Even while keeping our vision focused on the horizon, awaiting our next forward step, we must still be aware of how far we have come.

In order to move forward, we must appreciate the ground we have gained so far and apply the lessons we have learned. Sometimes, when we are busy creating action, the movement around us does not give us enough of a pause to stop and take in the beauty of our surroundings. While continuous and constant improvement takes discipline, so does existing in the present.

Thus comes the saying "Now and Then." "Then" is tomorrow's action after today's great idea or plan. "Now" is here, and "Then" comes later.

The past is our history, and our future is a mystery. To live truly abundant lives, both personally and professionally, we must keep both our hopes for our future and our appreciation of the present in mind. "Now" is the present and "Then" is the unseen future, the next chapter in life's never ending book.

Jerry Tyler's column Blue Highways is his "Road Less Traveled" perspective on the solutions and challenges facing the beauty industry. Jerry Tyler has been a stylist since 1975 serving as the former artistic director for Vidal Sassoon Academy and currently as Director of Industry Relations for Carlton Hair salons. He is also a licensed cosmetology instructor and has served as President of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.