On Saturday I made a very exciting purchase, I bought some new walking boots! I had been in need of them as I have been training for a 26 mile walk in aid of MacMillan in September and my old ones were rather well worn! But as often happens life gets in the way so I decided on Saturday morning that that was the day to buy the boots!
Now whilst, walking and feeling good have been well documented, you may be wondering what the buying of the boots has got to do with it and I have to confess I wasn’t expecting on finding a link either! I’d been researching and asking advice, as it had been a while since I had bought some boots and I wasn’t impressed that this purchase was to be a real investment – had they been beautiful Ted Baker or Paul Smith shoes I would have been super excited – spending it on walking boots was a less exciting prospect!
I weighed up all the places I could go and the most sensible choice was to go into York, again this didn’t fill me with excitement as Saturdays can be horribly busy and my excitement waned further when I arrived at the Park and Ride only to find that it was delayed due to roadworks and I realised it was race day to boot (no pun intended!)
Now before I had more of an understanding of how to experience life more to the full; this would have spiralled me into a crabby mood, I now couldn’t get to go somewhere I didn’t want to go to spend money I didn’t want to spend! Grrrr! The old me probably would have gone home defeated and grumpy much to the annoyance of my family!
But as my thoughts drifted towards this I started to get suspicious, this was a rare Saturday when I didn’t have the kids, the whole of York was my oyster, where would I love to go? It was only my thinking that was telling me that the day was a right off, it had in fact only just begun!
It struck me that I really wanted to go to the out of town shopping area near York, there was a new cafe that I wanted to try and I really fancied a child-free wander. It made no sense, I was sure I couldn’t get boots there but I was really drawn to it and perhaps I could get my friend a nice birthday gift too, which would be a bonus!
But then the doubting deliberation started – the should do thoughts, I should get boots, I should go into town, my mood started to slip down again.
Again suspicion kicked in, what did my thinking know about what I ‘should’ be doing? If there is any ‘should’ to be done, surely it ‘should’ be following the feeling of joy rather than the sinking feeling! It certainly would make me feel better.
So choosing to follow the feeling of joy, I drove to where I felt was right, it was busy but bizarrely a car parking space popped up straight in front of a sports shop, I kid you not! Now, I’d seen some boots on line here, that I fancied the look of but had been told that they didn’t stock them in store, but it wouldn’t hurt to look would it?
So I went in,
And there were the boots, in my size, half price!
And that’s why I LOVE living my life in the way we are intended to, and whilst this may be chalked up to a ‘coincidence’ I know that when I put that ‘feel good’ at the top of my agenda I seem to experience rather a lot of them and the feel good factor in my life definitely increases!