Dress Up For Balance?

I answered the knock at the door and greeted my trucker friend, Jorge. I was taken aback at how he was dressed. The stylish sport coat was the first item of clothing I noticed. As he stepped into the house, I saw that a pair of quality dress slacks and a shiny pair of dress loafers completed Jorge’s ensemble.

I asked my friend why he looked especially dapper.

Jorge explained that he had decided to try an experiment in living a more balanced life. Plus, he wanted to see various people’s reactions to his attire. My friend said he was quite pleased with my stunned look after I opened the door.

I asked if he felt comfortable driving long-haul dressed up as he was. Jorge grinned his ubiquitous smile and claimed that his clothes made him feel happy. Besides that, his cargo was retail merchandise–other workers were responsible for loading the truck and others will unload it once he reaches his destination.

I wondered what he’d do if a tire blew out or some other mechanical problem cropped up. Would he regret wearing the nice clothes? Jorge replied that he always has heavy-duty coveralls and work boots in the truck he can quickly put on.

Since he seemed to have covered all the bases, did my friend actually feel more balanced? Jorge held his arms out horizontally, bent his right leg, and replied, “See, I can balance quite well, thank you”.

On the spur of the moment, I grabbed a sport coat and changed into a nicer pair of shoes before heading out for coffee and a light snack. I had to admit that we both looked good and would make a positive impression to people who noticed us.

Jorge then mentioned that he had listened to a radio interview of a lifestyle coach. The show’s conversation drifted into the area of balanced living. The expert suggested that the audience should push out their personal comfort zones. That’s when the coach talked about dressing up their style factors more than usual. Likewise, the expert said to dress down if the listener usually dresses up for work.

My friend liked the idea and decided to try it. Jorge usually wears work dungarees with a flannel shirt or sweatshirt in the winter–a tee-shirt or Hawaiian shirt in the summer. The dressy outfit is quite a radical change for him. He said that the nice clothes usually just hang in his closet; why not wear them before they go out of style? He told me to also try his experiment, soon.

I followed through on Jorge’s suggestion the day before yesterday. I put on a white dress shirt, navy-blue suit, my black oxfords, and a dragon-print necktie. Then, I went grocery shopping.

At first, I felt self-conscious. Nobody else in the supermarket was wearing dress clothing except that some of the male clerks wore nice shirts with neckties. The assistant manager walked past me in the cereal aisle, flashed a smile, a thumbs-up and nodded his approval. Other shoppers either smiled or showed that they noticed me. At the check-out lane, the woman working the cash register complimented my taste in clothes.

As I loaded the purchases into my car, I thought about how different and good I felt. Instead of feeling out of place and inappropriate, dressing in the suit to go grocery shopping was an empowering experience. I can’t say that I will make it a habit. However, Jorge’s suggestion enabled a different perspective about the mundane chore of buying food.

So, today, instead of my usual jeans, sweatshirt, and sneakers to wear while writing blog posts, I brought it up a notch. Right now, I have on a nice pair of khakis, a smart sweater, and a pair of loafers. I’ll stay dressed this way while running daily errands later in the day.

Jorge is right. Dressing differently than the usual way, encourages me to experience life from another point of view. Oddly enough, I can see where some aspects of my life are out of balance and what needs some adjustment. Although dressing up for regular duties won’t be a habit, I’ll remember to up my game when I need an extra attitude boost.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes polymath/scientific philosopher Henri Poincaré. “It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word, it is all that introduces order. All that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Dress Up For Balance?

  1. A nice inspiring especially at the start of a new year. Cheers!

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