My daughter and I walk up and down the young girl’s aisle at the shoe store, eyes trained for a pair of black shoes that Faith hasn’t already tried on. She needs a nice-ish pair, ideally simple shoes that would work dressed up and dressed down. The problem? Her feet are long and narrow, and as usual, the slip-on styles she prefers fit her like miniature patent leather cinderblocks. If the shoes fit lengthwise, they are much too wide. If they fit in the width, her toes are scrunched.
She, like her mama, can rarely find a shoe that truly fits.
And then like a Christmas miracle, my eyes fall across a pair of nice black boots on sale for 50% off, boots that look rather narrow. We find her size and try them on. And wonder of wonders, they actually fit and fit well.
I know angels must be singing somewhere because y’all, this is a double Christmas miracle.
As we pay for the shoes, I think about how often we have bought Faith slip-on shoes that really didn’t fit and either stuffed them in the toes or heels in hopes that they would fit. But as is usually the case, she tolerates them for a church service here and a special outing there before she looks up at me and says, “Mama, I can’t make these work anymore.”
This makes me wonder: Why do we sometimes try to make something work for us that clearly doesn’t? Why do we desperately try to make something fit us that doesn’t fit at all? Living life this way seems mighty backwards.
There is a better way, a way that involves you getting to know yourself more. A way that changes what you’re looking for so it matches what you need and fits who you are. And there’s no better time to try a new thing than at the start of a new year. Join me here and share your thoughts on the subject, too?