Savor Each Stroke

It’s a hurry-up world. Has been for several decades and it’s not showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. That’s why it’s important to wind back the clock on certain activities that modern society has long since sped up. And in fact, there’s a revival of such slow-downs happening globally.

The resurgence of slow food, slow growth, and bespoke indicate that people are once again desiring to reclaim their precious moments in activities that are dear to them.

For me it’s the slow shave. Granted, I don’t shave that often (see all recent photos), but several times a week I pick up the old safety razor and make many slow deliberate passes, letting the warm foam sooth the skin between each pass.

The razor is a find at a local antique store. It’s a late 30’s Gillette Gold that I grabbed for six dollars. The blades are a three dollar pack from the local pharmacy that last a long time and are thick and sturdy against my steel wool stubble.

Restoring these razors is simple. A quick scrubbing with soap and water, an overnight soak in hydrogen peroxide, and a final polishing with toothpaste produced this shiny clean instrument ready for early morning meditations or mid evening date prep.

Side note: One of the most gentle and effective metal polishes is toothpaste (not gel) and an old medium bristled toothbrush. The brands in the organic or natural aisle that contain baking soda seem to work the best.

The badger hair brush and shaving soap (or cream in this case – a fantastic gift from a client) also require time to build the right lather and apply between each pass. It’s a process to savor and enjoy.

Carve out the necessary time each day and you’ll wonder why you ever gave in to the electric or quadruple bladed sensations of the recent past. Also, don’t be surprised when you start asking yourself where else you can slow down what you once desired to speed up.

If we’re not careful, this slowing down thing might become the norm.