The next morning I took that razor down to the community bath house, lathered up and began to learn a lesson that I will never forget. What was it? The end you're not watching is the most dangerous to your health.
I nicked my ear because I was focused on the side of my face. I cut my cheek when I focused on the end that cut my ear. Fearful of needing a blood transfusion if I kept going, I folded the pearl-handled razor and dug out my safety razor. I didn't think people back in the states would appreciate it if my war wounds were received in the active duty of shaving.
Your life is like a straight razor. It's the part you're not paying attention to that will do the damage. For instance, if you focus all your time and energy on your profession, it shouldn't be a surprise if your family, your marriage, or your social life falls apart. In the same way, you can focus so much of your attention on your physical appearance that you fail to develop your spiritual beauty. That's a real shame because your physical beauty wanes, but spiritual beauty never does.
Imagine putting all your thoughts and feelings into a large container. Some of them you would recognize, and you might even experience moments of pride about a few. Others would seem foreign to you. You would not remember ever experiencing them. That's because they became part of your life a long time ago. Since that time, they have melded into the rhythm of your life so well that you don't even realize they exist.
Where's the danger in this? Your natural creative power responds to both what you are aware of and what you are not. These hidden thoughts and feelings are like the end of the razor I wasn't watching. They can manifest destructive experiences in your life that you would rather avoid. They are often what lies behind your frustrations when you can't seem to manifest your goals. Until you become aware of BOTH ends of the razor of your thoughts and feelings, your life will be full of nicks and scrapes.