That’s my word for the year! The dictionary definition: “make (someone or something) look or feel younger, fresher, or more lively.”
Sign me up!
For several months now, I’ve been in a study group called “Living a Created Life” and I’ve been in an inquiry about what it means to rejuvenate my life. So I’ve been seeking out new experiences, new ideas and even challenging old beliefs.
I’m finding that rejuvenation can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.
Here’s a recent example.
Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes
I’m not much of a mall shopper, but recently, I found myself wandering through the shoe department of an expensive store on my way to a discount retailer. One pair really caught my eye, but I kept walking. Feeling glum after a frustrating experience meandering through a maze of stores, cranky shoppers and uninspiring garments, I headed back to my car…
Which led me back through the shoe department.
What the heck – no harm in trying them on.
They were Dazzling. Bold. Quirky… and even comfortable! And somewhat affordable.
The woman standing next to me said: “You HAVE to buy those!”
Then, several other people chimed in.
Holy cow! What’s a girl to do?
Every once is a while a girl needs a new pair of shoes that aren’t gym shoes, or like your maiden aunt’s Birkenstocks… something unpredictable and fun.
I was giddy with excitement.
I came home, put on some disco music and pranced and danced around the house in my new fabulous shoes.
I was rejuvenated. I felt alive and fun. Fresher and younger – all because of a pair of shoes.
And while I was exhilarated by this experience, I realized that not everybody wants to or has the capacity buy new shoes to lift their spirits.
So what’s another option?
Shine your shoes.
How many of us walk around in scuffed up shoes, trudging through snow and sleet, or covered in a thin layer of dust or dirt? Shoes whose only purpose is to get you from here to there. The workhorse of your wardrobe. Unappreciated. Unloved. Maybe thrown in the back of the closet or dumped in the mud room at the end of the day, neglected, until they need to do their job again.
It’s amazing what shining your shoes can do to lift your spirits. Who doesn’t like to look down and see a shiny pair smiling back at you?
My personal trainer said she didn’t think she had any shoes that could be shined, which got me thinking about other ways to rejuvenate your shoes.
Wash them! Get some snazzy laces that make you smile!
Shoes Are a Reflection of Your Life
It’s been said that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes.
But here’s the deal. It’s really not about how expensive they are, or even the style that reflects your life. It’s about how you care for them.
So if shoes are a reflection of your life, how well are you taking care of your body, mind and spirit?
Are you trudging through life, feeling scuffed up or hiding in the “mudroom or back of the closet” of your life?
Somehow I have a feeling that if you bought a fun pair of shoes or shined or spiffed up your old ones, you’d walk a little taller, with your head held a little higher, and have a broader smile on your face.
A simple way to feel younger, livelier and more rejuvenated.
What do you think?
Who’s willing to give it a try?
Marty Stanley, is a Certified Speaking Professional and author. As a trainer, facilitator and executive coach, she is on a quest for people to feel empowered to live their dreams and have the courage to take action! If you or your organization are ready to get focused and in action to fulfill your dreams, contact Marty today: 816-695-5453, 858-432-6764 firstname.lastname@example.org www.alteringoutcomes.com