This past fall, I purchased an adorable pair of boots from Joyfolie, one of my favorite online boutiques. (No, this isn’t an add for them. I just LOVE them and since they are a woman owned business, I tend to share!) When the shoes arrived, there was a business card sized note in the top that said, “a single shoe can change your life” ~ Cinderella.
Ever since that time, this little card has been sitting on the bay window in my kitchen, right above my sink. Every time I’m at my sink I see this card. At first, I took it as a sign that my life changing shoe was on it’s way so to speak. I was waiting for something to happen to me that would take me from the position of scullery maid to princess in her castle.
My “something” is in fact happening to me, but it isn’t happening in the way that I was thinking that it would. I’m learning something and Cinderella is helping me. And here I always thought fairy tales were useless! It turns out there is more to them if you and I will take the time to understand.
You see, Cinderella is a tale of girl born into the life and status that she was meant to be in. A life of wealth and privilege meant to be used for good. Through circumstances of which she had no control over, she was reduced to a common maid. She was made a prisoner of her own home. Cinderella, though, never gave up on her dreams. She never brought herself down to the level of the circumstances around her.
Eventually, she got to meet her prince and was restored to the life she was always intended to live because of a pair of shoes. They were always hers to wear, but it took a tenacity to make sure the right people saw that they belonged to her to step into what she was really called to be and do.
My dear friend, you are the same way. So am I. We were all born with a beautiful pair of shoes that have only ever been yours or mine to wear. They don’t fit anyone else and they aren’t meant to! You can try to make someone else’s shoes fit your feet and you can try to make others’ shoes fit yours. But they never will.
The shoes that fit your feet are transparent, letting the world see who you really are. They’re sparkling because they were made for you to shine in.
I’ve slowly been working my way through Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington. (Which now that I actually have visited her website to give you the links, I see that she has a blog post very similar to this one. Honest, I didn’t steal content!!) I’ve learned so many things from this book and from Alli, but one of the things that I had to do was to slow way down and get rid of all the distractions in my life to tune in and listen to what my heart was really saying.
And slowly, slowly I’m starting to see the life I was always meant to live. It’s taken me getting rid of social media almost entirely (Pinterest, I can’t let you go.) and unplugging from all the things that have caused me to look elsewhere to find my own shoes. I don’t know about you but I’ve seen other people’s shoes and I like them and I want them but they don’t fit my feet! There’s always something that’s not quite right about them. Like Goldilocks and the three bears. (There go the fairy tales teaching us a lesson again!)
Here, my beautiful, perfect-for me shoes have been in my hands all along. And now I’m working up the bravery to own them, rock them, shine in them. I’m going to sing songs in them and dance like no one is watching.
Do you want to join me?