I enjoyed a lovely afternoon with a dear friend yesterday and as we were talking, she shared a beautiful notion with me.
"Sarah, you see, our job is not to live in the shoes of others. Our job is to walk in our own path, in our own shoes." I smiled back at her as I felt my heart do a cartwheel.
How often do we try to unsuccessfully force our way into a pair of shoes that just don't fit us? How often do we try to wear others shoes becuase we think their's are better than our shoe collection. I remember as a young child my aunt took me to buy a pair of shoes with my cousin Ann for my cousin Bradley's wedding. As we tried on shoes, I found a gorgeous pair of purple shoes that matched my dress for the wedding. As I slipped them on, I felt my toes scrunch at the top, and my heel rubbed, but I wanted so badly to wear those shoes, so I told my aunt they fit perfectly.
Fast forward to the wedding day, and my feet were a hot mess. I loved those shoes, but as the day progressed my feet got blisters and eventually I had to take the shoes off and fess up that the shoes hadn't fit at all. As I think back to this experience it's very similiar to what my friend shared with me today. I wanted to look a certain way even as a seven year old. I was willing to override my own sense of inner knowing and comfort to make something work that just wasn't going to. Can you relate? When was the last time you found yourself metaphorically or literally wearing someone else's shoes?
As you make your way into this new week, make sure you are wearing your own shoes as you walk your unique path. And don't forget, they can be stylish and comfortable:).
May You Sweetly Seek:)