I call this photo “Past – Present – Future.”
In it, you can see on the left my old running shoes. See how they are slightly worn on the toes? If you could turn them over, you would see the worn tread on the inner edge where my feet turn slightly out when I run. These shoes carried me in the earliest days when I couldn’t even make a quarter mile. They held me up through my very first 5K and recently, on my first 4 Miler. For countless days – over more miles than I have tracked – through hot days and cold, these shoes were great.
Then suddenly, I saw they weren’t what they once were and I realized that I wasn’t either. I had grown as a runner – and as is the case with growing things – what once fit no longer did. I loved those shoes, but the time had come to move into something new.
New shoes don’t fit, though, like old ones. They require some breaking in, some stretching time. They don’t feel the same and it’s tempting to want to go back to the ones that felt comfortable. And yet….the old ones were going to hold me back from fully going forward.
I am excited about where my new shoes are going to take me – new paths, new challenges, new experiences. I realize that while those shoes don’t fit perfectly right now, over time, my feet and I will adjust. As I become comfortable with their newness and celebrate moving ahead, I expect that I will also remember with joy my other shoes – for what they were, for where we went together and what I was in them.
Go back and look at the picture and see that I left a space between the pairs of shoes. That is the place where I stood as I took off one pair and put on the other. Eager to get on with what was ahead of me, I didn’t stand there long, my feet ready to go – boldly – onward.
I wonder where you might say you are – standing in the comfortable shoes of the past, waiting barefoot in the present to see what’s next, or lacing up some new shoes, excited about where the future leads.
Wherever you are, friend, I invite you to take the next step.
Blessings – Lynne