The value of worthwhile work
To work with intent and with purpose
I learned this word from the book ‘managing with aloha’. I haven’t read the entire book yet but, this little gem of a word speaks to my heart. So many Hawaiian words are concepts and carry intention and power. When I learned the definition of Ho’ohana, I felt delight in the core of my being. It was like my heart said, ‘I live this every day. I am Ho’ohana’.’ I am a hairdresser, which some consider a humble job. Yet I have a purpose in hairdressing that I am passionate about. I contribute to the growing family of stylists who practice this job responsibly, using organic products and while respecting the earth and all of nature.
I came to find ho’ohana through deep dissatisfaction in my industry. Being lost or unhappy is a true blessing. Once you experience what you don’t like, you have an opportunity to make better. I was unhappy with the energy of hairdressing. Over it’s evolution, hairdressing has become big business. Because of the focus on generating profit, hairdressing mainly operates with a lack of responsibility for nature and the well being of living creatures.
My ho’ohana involves working with responsibility to all of nature. This includes the natural environment, my health, my clients health, the well-being of all living creatures and the energy that surrounds us. Through my pursuit of these values, I found Natulique, a professional product company who work with the same purpose. Reflecting on a big company working with their own sense of ho’ohana gave me hope for my industry. We all carry the purpose of making money when we go to work and I don’t believe this to be wrong. Ho’ohana reminds us that whatever you do to make money, find a greater purpose to your work and always remember ‘pono’. Go in the direction of making right more right.