I walked into one of my favorite stores named “Call it Spring” and I simply fell in love. From the doorway I spotted a colorful floral high-heeled shoe. It was gorgeous! It was sitting there perfectly positioned as if it were waiting just for me.
I carefully approached the fancy heel, silently thinking it would be a tragedy if they did not have my size. I picked it up and fell even a little bit more deeply in love. A sales associate approached me and I asked if he could check for my size. Off he went…
He returned empty-handed and informed me that they did not have my size in the back. I was a little disappointed because these shoes had Nicole written all over them. And to add to the madness I found a cute handbag that matched perfectly with these colorful floral heels.
It only took a few minutes for me to reject the idea of getting a different pair of shoes. I was in love and on a mission. I went to the register to ask the associate if he could check for availability at a few other stores.
While he was preparing to call the other locations, I checked the size of the shoe on display it was only one size smaller than what I normally wear. I did what most women do when we really want something, even if it doesn’t come in our size–I tried it on. Surprisingly, it fit! The associate approached and said they looked great. He mentioned that unlike most heels, these shoes ran a little bit big.
He disappeared in the back to retrieve the other shoe and it really was as though these shoes had been waiting for me. He came back and, mission accomplished, I left the store with a fierce pair of heals and a new hand bag.
Now if only I can find the outfit they belong with. LOL
Ok, I’m not just sharing this story to indulge about the fabulous shoes that I got. There are, of course, a few lessons in all of this.
The primary lesson is that sometimes we are so focused on other things that we miss what’s right there in front of us. The shoe that was on display was meant to be mine and was clearly waiting for my feet… But what if I hadn’t been persistent?
How many times have you seen something or wanted something and just walked away from it when you encountered the first obstacle?
How often have you had a clear desire for something but moved on when you met a little resistance?
Are you a person who gives up easily or do you fight for the things you want?
If I had not tried on the “wrong size” I wouldn’t have known that the shoe was actually the right size.
When was the last time that you pushed the boundaries and pursued something that seemed out of reach?
I challenge you to pay attention to what’s catching your eye and speaking to your heart. Is there something perfectly positioned in your vicinity that you keep walking away from? Try it on for size. You might just surprise yourself.