WHAT AN UNCOMFORTABLE SOCK TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE
Have you ever experienced that feeling when your sock slips down in your shoe and wrinkles up into folds in an irritating way?
Every morning I get up and take my dog, Sasha, for a walk. I live in Canada where the winters are long and snowy so a morning walk takes a little preparation. It involves layers of undershirts, leggings, fleece, insulated jacket, and boots that look as though they could walk on the moon.
This morning was no different. After decking myself out I hopped in my car and headed for ‘The Summit’ (my local hill-that-they-call-a-mountain). On arrival, Sasha leapt out of the trunk and headed off into the snow-covered forest leaving me to walk on the trail. It wasn’t long before I noticed that my sock was slipping from ankle to heel. It gathered annoyingly in little wrinkles of discomfort beneath my foot. Ugh! Don’t you just hate that!
So I did the usual pulling it up in the hopes that would sort it out. But sure enough, within minutes it had slid down once more. What to do? I attempted rescue measures a few more times until eventually I gave up allowing it to nestle in a pool of ridges underfoot. After a while you get used to it, right? But it never feels comfortable.
Isn’t that a bit like life sometimes? You feel a vague sense of unease about something. Or you keep being frustrated by x. Perhaps your job doesn’t feel as fulfilling as it once did, or you are frustrated with a relationship, or conversely tired of not having one.
There are times when your life doesn’t seem to fit what you are after. You tolerate it for a while, even trying to ignore it. But at some point, you feel the pull of change.
I have found that both for myself, and my clients, 2020 has brought clarity around certain things. The changes we have had to make to our lives because of COVID-19 have highlighted things we treasure in our lives, and pointed to things that are irritants, time-wasters, energy-vampires, make you unhappy, or just plain don’t fit.
Here are some things you might like to reflect on
- Savour those things that bring you joy. They are often the ‘small’ things that we may have taken for granted like quiet uninterrupted time to read a book, or a warm pool of sunshine flooding your kitchen with light and warmth.
- If there is something in your life that is an irritant consider if you can find a way of dropping it or letting it go. If not now, when? How can you change your life to fit you more comfortably?
- Buy some lovely warm, cosy, socks (that stay in place) and relish wearing them 🙂