Okay, so you probably read that title and are wondering what the heck I am talking about. Well let me take you back to when I was around 12 or 13 years old… I had a dance teacher, who I am now besties with, that would occasionally throw shoes at us. Now, I know how that sounds, but let me tell you… we deserved it! Sometimes she would throw them because we were talking too much or because we were goofing off, but other times it would be because we didn’t remember choreography or because we messed up the same part for the 1,000th time in a row. All things we definitely shouldn’t have done! Also, please understand that it was all done in good fun and no one was ever injured by a shoe in dance class… just a disclaimer! It was something that became a regular part of our class and helped us get our lives together so Ms. Sara didn’t have to throw shoes that day.
Anyways, this became a thing for the two of us. When I graduated high school and started doing my thing, my life came full circle and I started assisting Ms. Sara at the local high school with the dance team. It was such a fun opportunity to work with her in a way I never had before. So pretty soon we get our groove working together, which was SO good and SO seamless, and we are just moving right along. One day at practice the girls are were messing around, all in good fun, so I took off my shoe and threw it at them! Which made everyone laugh and then get back on track. Soon, this just became our normal thing. I would threaten to throw my shoe at them or actually do it, and we would laugh and then get back on track.
My point is, we all get off track sometimes whether it’s at dance practice, work or just in life. We just have to find what helps us reel it back in and move forward. I like using the shoe analogy for this because it becomes way more light hearted. I have a heavy history of being very hard on myself and this helps to lighten that. When I think about having a shoe thrown at me, it never was something so serious and truly threatening. It is something that just tells me I’m off track and helps me to laugh it off and get back to business.
I hope that you aren’t being too hard on yourself if you get off track. I hope that you are able to give yourself some grace and patience. You are doing what you can! If you feel you need to refocus and get back to business, just throw a shoe at yourself and get going!
All the love,