Today’s Gem of Insight #56


Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that just because something is hard to do does not automatically mean that we should not do it. Take as a prime example the act of walking in stilettos. I think that it is safe to conclude that the majority of us view walking in stilettos as a challenging task, at least at first. If you think about it, there really isn’t anything natural about hoisting an unstated number of pounds of body weight onto two tall and thin toothpicks followed by attempts to maneuver while balancing on said toothpicks. No. There’s nothing natural about that at all.

However, the fact that it is entirely unnatural to subject oneself to the dangerous task of walking in stilettos does not dissuade our eyes from immediately pinpointing stilettos when we go to a store, picking up and trying on those stilettos, and then happily paying for and transporting home said stilettos while full aware of the likely battle that we are in for when we make the choice to finally don those beautiful temptresses.

Why do we do it? We do it because they are pretty, they make us feel special, and for some of us, the added height that they supply is priceless. And because we know how wearing them and walking in them makes us feel, we put up with the challenges that we encounter as we press on toward our goal of being able to walk in stilettos while looking natural and sophisticated, and avoiding any and every possible chance to fall and injure ourselves.

Now, if we are willing go through all of that in order to wear some tall, and let’s admit it, rather dangerous shoes, then why not apply that same concept to other situations in our lives? The truth of the matter is that at its core this concept is applicable to just about any situation to which we subject ourselves that is challenging for the purpose of achieving some end result that brings us pleasure and gives us a sense of accomplishment. We consider the challenge itself, the desired end result, and our motivation, and then we move forward with our quest. It is as simple as that. And if it works with stilettos, imagine what it will do when applied to obtaining a new job or promotion, buying a house, or even having children. Now that is a revolutionary thought. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #338


Today I am thankful for flat-heeled shoes. Though I thoroughly enjoy stilettos and just about every other type of heeled shoe that there is and I often wear heels, I am not without appreciation for shoes that are lacking in the heel department. Let’s face it, sometimes my feet need a little break from the pressures that are associated with wearing heels, especially when I find myself needing to walk for significant distances or stand for lengthy periods of time. That’s why I make it a point to keep at least a few pairs of flat-heeled shoes in my wardrobe. After all, I need thoughtful breaks when I work, why should it be any different for my feet? #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #329


Today I am thankful for the color silver. I am not certain as to why I am so drawn to the color silver, but for some reason it is the first color that comes to mind when I think of a number of things, such as that special car that will one day be mine, jewelry, accessories, and even nail polish. I guess that if I had to attempt to put into words possible reasons why I appreciate the color silver so much, I would say that it is a color that is sophisticated, yet is not as pretentious as the color gold; it is a color that is flattering to most items that bear its embrace; and it is pristine, cool, and fun. In a nutshell, it reminds me a lot of me, and that is perhaps the best reason of them all. Smile. #lovebythedrop