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New Shoes, Old Shoes:
or Letting Go of the Old to Make Way for the New
Clip! Clop! Clip! Clop! Clop! Clop! Clop!
That was the sound of my shoes as I walked down the stairs dressed for work last week. The sound was odd and I had to immediately sit down to investigate the clopping noise only to find that the straps on my favorite summer sandals had detached from the sole. I was devastated. I loved those shoes and I couldn’t think about summer without my go to pair of wedges. They are my summer staples! I made the quick decision to wear them to work anyway and headed out the door.
For the entire day I obsessed over the deteriorating condition of my foot wear. Each time I sat down I glanced at the worsening effects of my decision to keep the shoes on my feet. I wondered if I could glue the soles back together using my handy glue gun. Maybe I could make it through the summer with that quick fix. I am not one to toss away items at the first sign of wear, rather I pride myself on making every attempt to fix things – a hold over from having depression era parents I guess. But as I investigated the make-up of the footwear I realized that glue would be very temporary and not hold at all. Once home I took off my wedges and made the big decision to throw them in the trash.
I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to retrieve those precious shoes from the barrel, especially after spending an hour searching online to replace them with the exact same pair of shoes. A frustrating shoe shopping trip on Friday night had me thinking about not letting go. I was desperately searching to find the same shoes and of course that style was no longer available five years later! I just couldn’t see beyond those shoes. My eyes remained closed to any new possibility for my feet!
I started to wonder if I am this way with teaching? Am I afraid to throw out old habits and ways, fearing they will not be as comfortable? Am I open to trying out new styles or ways of looking at things? Do I hang on tight to my way of doing things? Can I find a happy medium and incorporate some of the old with the new or should I start fresh? My reflection revealed that sometimes new things are difficult for me, but when I can take time to read and reflect my attitude of change changes.
Next year brings about many shifts to my role and my responsibilities. I know this new position will be difficult and require me to embrace change and not fear the new.
I will definitely need to be open to trying out alternative ways of learning and growing, and even be ready to trying out new thoughts and methods on the spot. I am ready for the challenge!
And who knows, by then I might even be sporting a new, stylish, and comfortable pair of sandals too!