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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Best Pair of Shoes You'll Ever Own

by Janie Van Komen

Our lives are like the shoes we wear. Over the years our feet will sport a variety of sizes and styles according to our age, taste, and needs.

Some shoes rub blisters and sores on our feet until we have worn them long enough to break them in. The same is true for some of the experiences in our life. We struggle and stress about the work before us and just at the point of throwing in the towel, we finally get a handle on it and gain the confidence or ‘comfort’ we need as we ‘break into’ the rhythm, routine, and/or accomplish the task at hand.

Other pairs of shoes never fit properly and eventually we have to get rid of them. When this happens do any of us sit down, cry, and say, “I have failed at basic shoe selection. I will never go out and buy another pair of shoes?” Then why is it that when we get into a situation that really doesn’t fit our personality or life mode, it often incapacitates our decision making functions, and we doubt our ability to try again.

Life is an exercise of shoe buying. Some shoes are for pleasure, some for recreation, some for work, and some for show. The same holds true for the events, choices, actions, and decisions of our lives. Sometimes they fit and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes life is good, sometimes it’s fun, and sometimes it isn’t. So what? If the shoes don’t fit, find some that do. However, don’t be too hasty to throw out the stiff shoes until you’ve really given them a chance to soften up. They could possibly become the best pair of shoes you will ever own.

The same is true with your life. Maybe the biggest stress, problem, or challenge you may encounter, in the end, will feel just as wonderful to you as those comfy softened up shoes.

Copyright 2005 Janie Van Komen