Inspiration: Thank You Charles

I had the pleasure of getting my shoes shined on my way out of town. I visited the shoe shine booth at the airport, and that is where I met Charles. He was the man who shined my shoes, and he has been shining shoes for over twenty years. He said he had seen a lot of people come and go, and he realized one thing. People who are not able to be positive when life is good, will never be happy in life. It might sound obvious, yet how true it is. 

As I sat on the plane flying to my destination, Charles was on my mind. Here is a guy who has worked hard for every dime he earns, shining and working on shoes for people who may never interact with him again. He had a kind word and some wisdom to share, and took the opportunity to make me think…all while making my black boots look like new. His service came with a smile and thoughts to make my day go better. I thought I was getting my shoes cleaned, what I got was an attitude adjustment. 

So how was your day today? Did you leave someone else’s world better than you found it? Did you impart words to lift them up, or did you leave your drama on their doorstep so they had to step over it to get out? I challange you to take the time to make just one person’s world better, even if you never see them again. And when you walk away, say thank you Charles…for being an example to us all. 

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Inspiration: Walk Proudly

Here is yet another collection – antique shoe molds make up this display. I really enjoyed seeing the small children’s shoes. I had never seen a children’s mold until I saw this one. I wonder how many pairs of shoes were created with all these…and where did the proud owner’s walk? I wonder what adventures they must have had. Isn’t it amazing what a simple display can elicit?

I’ve spent the last week showing examples of different ways people display their collections. Once I thought about this topic, I was amazed how many different things I was able to see and enjoy. I was also amazed at the variety of things people collect. The world is full of such interesting ‘stuff’. Just when you think you have seen it all, something different pops up and intrigues you. The saying goes that there is nothing new under the sun…I’m not so sure about that one. I seem to see new and different stuff all the time, like a children’s shoe mold. Ok, it is not new, but it was new to me. 

What about you? What did you see that was new today? Did you even notice anything new? Maybe there is new in your world, you just missed it. Take time today to look for something ‘new’, even if it is old…enjoy the variety and appreciate the things it makes you think about. If we never see ‘new’ then how will we ever get new ideas? Like the people who wore the shoes made with these molds, walk proudly through your world and experience all it has to offer. 

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Inspiration: Too Many to Count – Yet How to Enjoy

My Dad has collected cork screws and bottle toppers from all over the world. Some are metal, some are plastic, some are hand carved and others are rather tacky. There are over fifty and they sat in a box in the basement for many, many years. I wanted to enjoy them, but I did not have a place to use them on bottles or in a bar area. So I put them in this glass jar and display them in our kitchen. As people gather this display gives us fun topics to discuss and always brings up funny stories. 

I’m sure you have trinkets or buttons or other times you have collected over the years. You want to enjoy them, but not dust them. I encourage you to buy a jar with a lid (I got mine for $12) and put them all inside. You can see them, enjoy them, move them around…and only have to dust the jar. It brings the stories into our everyday world, and let’s us share the joy of my Dad’s collection. 

It’s time to clean out those basement boxes and combine the stuff into enjoyable displays. We live in a fast paced, whirlwind world where people and time are washed away faster than we can count. We type and text and post and chat, and forget to enjoy the history and intricate elements of our past. I’m not advocating lots so stuff. I’m advocating enjoying the stuff you have in a new and contained way, so the people around you can enjoy it as well. Friends always learn more about us when we tell them about our stuff. Share it, store it, enjoy it…

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