Because I was running late, I decided to do all those last-minute preparation stuff in the car on the way. So I grabbed my shoes, jacket and make-up bag and jumped in the car. I was almost finished by the time we arrived in the parking lot of Church so as John pulled the car into a parking spot, I reached for my shoes. And that’s when I saw them. Two DIFFERENT black shoes.
What? Seriously? No! It’s Reverend David’s birthday celebration! I’m being inducted onto the Board! I CAN’T just NOT be there! My first split-second thought was that maybe I could wear them anyway and no one would notice. Then I realized they were both RIGHT FOOT shoes. Okay, so much for that plan.
John was busy with his parking and didn’t notice my hysterically shocked expression until I yelled, “My shoes don’t match!! I can’t go into Church!!” When he saw my shoes, he started GUFFAWING!! At which point I started guffawing. Tears STREAMING down our collective faces. Out of control weeping laughter.
After we pulled ourselves together, it was very clear that the best choice was just to go inside. They may not let you go in a restaurant without shoes, but Church? I’m thinking God could care less about stuff like that. Besides, this was going to be a very very funny story to tell people when they noticed I was barefoot.
Well, a very interesting thing happened once I was inside. I told a few people I encountered on the way in what had happened (still laughing like a crazy person). And every single one of them said what I had said to myself in the car: “Maybe no one will notice.” Only they said it in a most serious, worried way. Like they were thinking I would be sooooo embarrassed by this.
And then I got it. For most people, when something like this goes wrong, our FIRST instinctive impulse is to hide it. Maybe it goes back to high school when other kids made fun of us when we showed up with a huge pimple or were having a really bad hair day. Whatever the reason, the fact is that we can now look at these situations in a totally different light. It is OUR choice to view them as…hysterically funny!!! Crazy, fun, ridiculously FUNNY!!!
The bottom line is this: When WE laugh at our foibles, other people can breathe a huge sigh of relief and let go of their need to be embarrassed for us. And THEY can then laugh right along with us.
So the next time something goes wrong for you – maybe you’ll get lucky. Maybe everyone WILL notice!! And if they don’t – point it out! Then you can all laugh it up!
From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, who apparently has major issues with shoes