Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Stinky Shoes



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 Book Review: "Fahrenheit 451"
Quote of the Day: About Growing Up

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Today I've been in a reflective mood.

Taking stock of things.

Figuring out what's worth my time, and what should be thrown in the figurative trash.

It's not that I don't think like this on a regular basis.  I mean, all of us at some time or other sit down and think, "This or that is just not worth the effort I'm giving it," or "This person just does not have the power to make me have a bad day."

So why did this hit me today?

All because of a pair of stinky shoes.

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I was buzzing around the house, trying to make up for lost time, still sniffling and coughing from my ill-timed cold, when I saw Zack's tennis shoes, sitting alone against the wall of the laundry room.  And there was just something so poignant about them I had to stop and stand and just look at them for a quiet moment.

Those shoes are small, and dirty, and stinky.  Zack still has trouble tying them and I smile as I remember how I could read on a high grade level in Kindergarten but couldn't tie my own shoes for what seemed like forever.  I think of Zack whooping with joy when I say, "OK," to his asking to go somewhere when he's sure I'll say "no", and his cramming his feet in those shoes.

This is what's important.  These moments.  Those shoes.

Don't get me wrong -- life here isn't all roses.  I write about the roses but I also share the thorns, and there are actually more thorns than anyone would ever care to read about (isn't that true of all of us?).  But when life gets thorny, I now have this picture of stinky shoes to remind me it's about small things, simple things, that can make life a joy.  

For you, it may not be stinky shoes.  I'm sure if you think for a second, you can fill in that spot with something equally meaningful.  Now, go take a picture of it, and if you're up to it, post it on your blog, as a little talisman of control.  Because you CAN take control, if only for a few moments of your day or of a few things in your life. 

Even if it's putting away some stinky shoes.



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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

12 comments:

My Life Under the Bus said...

For me I am guessing it's the gooey marshmallow...lol

Salzanos said...

Def. a time to ponder and make decisions like that. I am at the stage of serious thought on what to get rid of, and how to set better personal boundaries. I am going through the Boundaries book again for the third time. This time, it is sinking in way better. Other people do not "make" us have a bad day, control types do not control us without us letting them. It is all about setting my own boundaries and growing from there. As for my art, I am seeing after 3.5 yrs, that my product must make some changes. What I set to to sell, is now taking teeny new step. I am excited. Thanks for the perfect post with just happens to coincide with my outlook this week. LOL!

Liz Revit said...

Hi, Lori. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you!

Jennifer Cameron said...

Very sweet post. It really is the small things that can touch us and remind us in big ways.

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Lori! Love this post, sure reminds me to stop and smell the roses. Good luck with your book, I know it will be great. When the time is right, we will be ready to welcome you to a class. Feel better. Hugs, Riki

Purky said...

Absolutely, little precious things make the difficult boundaries and challenges defeatable and provide context for our successes.

Lovely post :) Made me smile this morning x

JeannieK said...

Digging Zach's Nikes. Great reminder for us all. I give thanks everyday. I give thanks everyday for all the simple things I can do like brush my teeth, doing the dishes, sweep the floors, go running, commuicate with friends. "Taking Stock of Things." Absolutely! I've had more thorns then I care to think about.

Whimsical Creations said...

Such a special post.

I LOVE color! said...

This ia really special post. I admire that you learned this lesson so young. I like to say "All our days come from the same SOURCE, it's what we do to them that makes a bad day" sjr
Be Blessed to be a blessing

Createology said...

This is a timely post for me today as I was talking with a group of ladies earlier and we were commenting on exactly where we have re-prioritized the way and places we spend out time. It is good to reassess every so often. Those little shoes are very important. Mr. C leaves his larger version of smelly tennis shoes right in the way of the stairs with outdoor dirt all around on the floor. I have given up trying to retrain him...now I merely get the broom and am thankful I have Mr. C in my life every day!!! On the major to minor scale of life shoes are not going to get me down. Thank you Lori for reminding about the important things...

quiltingjewel39 said...

Thank you for the reminder - I need to go find my "stinky shoes".

jamberry_song said...

This is a beautiful post and I really needed to read it just now. It's too easy to forget something so small and simple... far too easy. Thank you, thank you so much for reminding me that I CAN make myself remember, that I CAN control the direction of my mood, even if I can't control the direction of my day. <3