I’m retired now but when I worked, I had to really manage my time wisely. As a working Mom and community volunteer, I was always busy. I remember constantly being in a hurry and by the end of the day, I would fall into bed exhausted. I would sometimes get up so tired that I moved around like a trained robot getting ready for work. The problem with that was that I was NOT fully engaged in what I was doing. Case in point, the story of SALLY TWO SHOES. Drum roll please……
I worked in an office at a manufacturing plant and I would be required to go out on the receiving dock occasionally, so wearing steel toed shoes was a rule I had to follow. On one particular morning, I was disengaged, to say the least, as I got ready for work. I’m sorry to report that on that day, the shower had no affect on me. Normally the shower would wake me out of my slumber quite nicely. Anyway, I put on my clothes and shoes and off to work I went. Sometime later that day I needed to use the restroom and I finally had a moment to look at my feet. Well, unknown to me, I had put on one white athletic shoe and one white steel toed shoe. Mind you, one shoe is quite a bit heavier than the other shoe and looked different; but they were close to the same color white. It so happened to be a co-workers birthday. She loved funny stuff (especially if she could poke fun at me) so I thought this would make her day. I asked her if she wanted a birthday present and she said, “YES” so I told her to look at my feet. Well she started laughing and everyone in our department started laughing, mostly because they knew one shoe weighed so much more than the other and that I had worked several hours before noticing it. I had walked here and there and never once noticed the weight difference or looked at my feet. Needless to say, I got the nick name SALLY TWO SHOES. You know, I didn’t mind because it really was pretty funny and I enjoy a good laugh as much as anyone else. No big deal. For me anyway, being able to laugh at my goofy self has been part of the fun.
Has anyone else done silly things because you were in such a hurry that you couldn’t see or feel (the weight difference, LOL) what was going on right in front of you?
What I remember about those busy times was that I felt overwhelmed. Now that I am retired, I have a few big things off my plate, an 8 hour job and raising our children. I now like to think about what I can do to make someone else’s life better. I think about the time I have with my family and friends as a gift, not that I didn’t before but I was in too much of a hurry to stop and think. I find myself thanking God more for everything in my life. I now see things clearer with a calm demeanor and a realization that these moments may never come again. Who knows? I make an effort to relax and soak up every moment and file it away in the good memory portion of my brain and just enjoy life.
No I’m not bashing work or the job I had, I really liked my job and I needed it. When I look back though, I know I could have watched less TV because it added no value to my life. I could have said no to a few things that took away precious time that I could have spent in the Bible and in prayer, as well as more time with my family and friends. I know I could have planned things out a little better. That would have given me more down time to just be still. Being still is so healing to us emotionally just like sleep is to our bodies.
In Psalm 46:10 we read; Be still, and know that I am God
What does it mean to be still? To be quiet, relaxed, a time for meditating and reflection. What happens to us when we are still? We begin to notice things like His wonderful creation and we begin to think about it. We begin to realize that yes there is a God. This calms us and gives us a sense of peace and hope as He begins to work in our life.
What I have learned is that life can be fun and enjoyable. It can be hard and stressful and occasionally full of pain. when I am able to laugh at myself, slow down and take the time to be still and connect with my creator while enjoying the people around me, it’s a pretty good existence.
Hey, let me know your funny stories or at least how you like mine.
Enjoy the journey,
Author of the book, S.O.A.P. How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time www.sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.