The Haircut

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

The story that I will be sharing with you this week comes from a man named Jack. Jack is a dear family friend who reached out to my father a few weeks ago with a story he felt moved enough to share. Needless to say, I was thrilled, this is exactly what I envisioned when starting The Heart Ability. A platform for any and everyone to share their experiences with Aaronand any human being with extraordinary abilities. I reached out to Jack immediately after I gained the knowledge that he had something he wanted to share. I was met with kindness and compassion from someone who’s life was touched by Aaron. The story brought tears and chills because it reinforced the simple fact that Aaron has SO much to share with this world. Rather than try to put this story into my own words, I have chosen to leave Jack’s email exactly how it arrived in my inbox.

Now… let me get out of the way, I present to you, Jack’s Story

(The following came directly from Jack)
I have many memories of Aaron, and I always smile when I think of him.

One memory has stayed with me … even though it has been more than 10 years ago.
It was late on a Friday afternoon. Your Dad and I were at the office, where we had working together to solve a complicated issue.

As we were about to leave, he said that he and Aaron were going to do one of Aaron’s favorite things … get a haircut together.

He asked if I’d like to join them. I said, “Yes – that would be fun”.

When we arrived, it was a salon, rather than a traditional men’s barber shop.   As the three of us entered, a woman in her mid-twenties greeted Aaron.  He gave her a 1000 watt smile and they were both clearly happy he was there.  He was eager to get started with his haircut, and they had a laughing conversation as she cut his hair.

Soon, it was Dad’s turn for a haircut. Aaron came to sit next to me, and was eager to strike up a conversation wth me.

I was struck by thedeep spark inside of Aaron to be sociable, and positive, and I loved thegenuineness of his behavior.  Aaron was enthusiastic, living in a moment of happiness, and inviting me to do the same.

After a long week of working on knotty problems, I felt like I was being welcomed to the ‘happy, easy, fun place’.  It felt like Aaron’s gift to me.

When it was my turn for a haircut, Aaron was excited for me, and told me, “I hope that you like it as much as I do!”  I laughed … I had never seen someone enjoy a haircut as much as Aaron did.  It was contagious.  Living in the moment and savoring it.

So, this memory of Aaron reminds me of the joy of finding pleasure in the simple things in life, and living in the moment.

Even more, I appreciated the depth of his his desire to connect with others, and how naturally he did so.  I commented to your Dad afterwards that I can see that Aaron is surrounded by a family with a positive, generous spirit – people who love him as he is, and savor sharing a life with him.

It was fun to be invited into that experience, too!

-Jack L. 2017

WOW!!! Anyone else completely moved by Jack’s story? I know I was and still am.

This story reminds me of what I love most about Aaron, his ability to find absolute joy in the simple things. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the materialistic things or the troubles of the world. May this be a friendly reminder to pause, take a deep breath, and enjoy the little things in your life. The little things are what ultimately add up to be the big things. The “big things” being the feelings we experience when we are simply living. Recognizing and appreciating the simple things is the recipe for a life worth living. I encourage anyone reading this to find joy in the simple things over the next few days. Maybe take a moment to make a gratitude list, nothing fancy, simply take a mental inventory of all that is good in your life. Share this joy with somebody near or far, just share it. Share the joy for living. It is easy to get wrapped up in the cycle of “when I have this I will be happy or when this happens I will be happy”, what if you knew that everything that could bring you happiness was within reach? Connect with others about life’s simple pleasures. When we choose to share this joy for life with others, we give them permission to do the same. The ripple effect is fantastic. Thank you Jack, from the most sincere part of my heart for your willingness to share your experience.

I am looking for anyone who has been directly impacted by the infinite wisdom of an individual with extraordinary abilities. If you have a story you feel called to share please email me at theheartability@gmail.com 

Seeing the similarities over the differences is the heart’s greatest ability. 
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6 Comments

  1. LOVE this story! I remember many times hearing that Aaron was either going to get a haircut or Aaron just had a haircut! For sure, especially at those times, Aaron was ALL smiles! I wished i could have been at one of those haircut sessions, what great and utter therapy that would be for me! Thanks for this wonderful venue, Andy! Keep ’em coming! 👏😘

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  2. Thank you for reminding me it’s these simple vignettes throughout our lives ,shared with our loved ones , that make life so very rich .

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  3. Beautiful story!! One of my favorite quotes is “Sacred is in the ordinary.” If we choose to, we can find joy in everything… if we follow Aaron’s example!

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  4. I choose to be joyful today. Thank you Aaron! And Jack definitely got it right you have a 1000 watt smile 🙂

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