Thursday, January 2, 2014
Leave a lasting impression.
Yesterday I went to our local grocery and more store and found that already the isles of Christmas merchandise have been replaced with bins, boxes, label makers, and all sorts or organizational products. The new year has us clambering for a fresh start, a clean slate. Many lists have been made towards resolutions for better fitness, decluttering, travel, and all sorts of other things. I find my mind thinking about my new business; how do I want to run it? What are my goals? What do I want my business to say about me?
My mind wanders to a hairdresser named Pam.
I've gone to the same hairdresser since I was 23 years old but for reasons I can't remember one day, two years ago, I sat in a new salon in the chair of a stylist named Pam. Pam is the most darling, young grandma you've ever seen! She came out to greet me sporting a bouncy strawberry blond bob with a hint of pink on the tips, and one blond highlight. She was wearing a ruffled apron over a darling dress and had the most pleasant smile. "She's adorable" kept running through my head as she began to cut my hair. As I sat in her chair she began to gently talk to me and ask questions about my life, my likes, my kids, and my marriage; It felt as if she genuinely cared about me and I had only met her minutes earlier. The conversation deepened to a more personal level as I began to share some of my struggles in life and she, in turn, would share her own stories; instead of a haircut, it felt as though I were being cared for, loved. She talked about her grandchildren during our time together so I asked her when she planned on retiring. Her answer surprised me, she said to me, "as long as God allows my hands to work, I will continue to cut hair; it's my ministry." And it really is. To this day I share some of her stories of the love of God with those around me and always speak so highly of a hairdresser who only cut my hair one time but left a lasting impression.
You may wonder what the above photos have to do with my post. Before Christmas my sister threw a beautiful dinner party and I offered to take a few photos for her before her guests arrived. I was quite impressed as I walked into her home and was greeted with warm candle light, sparkling dishes, and the soft glow of the Christmas tree. It was a beautiful scene and just like when I first met Pam and was so impressed with how darling she is on the outside, I was left with the beauty of who she was on the inside. I know that as my brother in law and sister blessed their friends with dinner that evening it was not the beauty of the table that night that will leave the most special memory, but the conversation and friendship that was enjoyed.
As I begin to take appointments in 2014 I want to remember the impression that Pam made on me and work to bless those who hire me to take their photos in the same way. I pray before every photo shoot that God will help me to capture each person the way HE sees them, I pray that I will be a blessing to all those who choose to hire me. While taking beautiful photos is important, I'd rather leave a lasting impression of the Father's love.