It's funny what life can teach you, if you pay attention.
A few months ago, one shoe out of a pair of patent blue ballet flats I bought from Woolworths many years ago starting coming undone; the sole started separating from the rest of the shoe. After months of not wearing them, I finally stopped procrastinating and went out and bought some shoe glue, excited by the fact that I could finally fix the errant shoe (Of course, getting the glue didn't mean I used it immediately, no, I still delayed for a few weeks before I actually did anything with it).
Anyway, applying the glue, I reunited the sole with the rest of the shoe and couldn't wait to wear my beloved ballet flats again. Monday arrives, I slip on the shoes and head off to work, excited about my newly repaired shoe and proud of myself for fixing it instead of just throwing it out.
As the day went on, I started to realise that the parted sole was not the only problem my beloved flats had. The patent blue finish was peeling off in multiple places and there were deep scratches all over the place!
I couldn't believe it! I'd been so fixated on repairing the sole that I didn't realise that the whole shoe was in a state of disrepair. Both shoes, actually!
This whole thing got me thinking, how many other patent blue ballet flats was I holding onto in my life? Is there something that I am not looking at holistically? What dead thing am I wasting my time trying to revive? What broken toy needs to be thrown away now?
I don't mean to ask these questions in a negative way, but rather with the mindset that if I am carrying any deadweight and I am not sure why, it's probably time to let it go. Much like my way-too-old-but-I-was-too-slow-to-realise-it patent blue ballet flats, which no longer served a purpose for me.
What's "the shoe" in your life? What do you think it's time for you to let go of? Let me know.