Cleanliness is a duty of one's self for the sake of health, in the these times of heightened awareness around sanitized hands and surfaces, I can’t imagine a world without soap. It is a simple staple in my household, a simple daily practice. A bit of clean water and a bar of soap can bring a sense of relief and comfort!
I have to say, I’ve always been a big fan of soap! No, I’m not kidding. My wife will tell you. I’ll stop in any boutique or grocery store and smell all the soaps. I feel the paper it’s wrapped in, look at the typography on the label and if it’s just a bar in a bin, I’ll pick up the bar and feel the waxiness, flip it around and look at all the details one would normally overlook. I look at the way it’s cut or molded, the brand stamp impressions. I can go on. It’s a friggin’ bar of soap, yes, but there’s more to it!
The ingredients, the company values, the way it’s made, and at a macrocosmic level, who made it! These are some of the things I take into consideration when buying a bar of soap.
I personally find that it’s a true joy when I’m taking a new soap bar home. I find joy in the lather on my favorite scrubber. It’s a tactile and olfactory sense of cleanliness. I don’t ever take it for granted. I say it’s a joy, but what I really mean is that I find the experience just simple and straight forward. I’m into simplicity and everyday rituals, after all. Soap on a rope; come on, how's that not genius and practical?!
More than ever, I’m just happy to have a clean space to call home, to have peace of mind knowing that I can keep my home, hands and body clean. To me, soap is a privilege and a treat. So, this morning when I showered and the previous mornings leading to today, I’ve been extra grateful to have a “simple” bar of soap, and in this everyday practice of awareness, I’m grateful for everything I have and that follows me throughout my day.
My health and cleanliness, thats’s something I actually have control over.