When Success Is A Sock Miracle

by Sherry Riter in Motivation,Success

“It is hard to fail,
but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt ~

6 black socks

Some people wear footies.

Some people wear stockings.

Some people go barefoot.

Some people wear socks.

I fit into the category of some people wear socks. When I find socks that really fit and look great, I buy several pair so that as one sock gets a hole in it, I still can swap it up with another match.

Well, I have three pairs of the exact same kind of black socks. I usually wear them with slacks when I’m not wearing sandals or open toed heels. As I was putting the dirty laundry into the washing machine, I realized that I was putting all six black socks into the same load of clothes.

My first thought was to wonder how many socks the washing machine would eat because we all know that this appliance makes socks disappear usually at the most inconvenient time. How successful would I be at washing and drying all six socks?

I wanted to do all the things necessary to ensure that I retrieved six socks from the washer and dryer. This was the plan:

  1. Separate the socks and put them into the washing machine.
  2. When the washer finishes cycling, ensure that all six socks are retrieved from the washer and put into the dryer.
  3. After the load dries, separate the socks from the other clothing and pair them.

That is really the plan for all successful endeavors.

6 black socks after drying

First you have to make a plan, believe in the plan and then carry out the plan until you are successful. Having a plan doesn’t ensure success, but not having any goals with clear cut actions to succeed will guarantee failure.

I’m happy to say that the washing machine didn’t eat the socks and the dryer didn’t either. When all was said and done, I had three pair of very clean socks.

That’s the plan I am going to continue to carry out each day. I make a plan, believe in the plan and then carry out the plan until I reach the end of the day. Sometimes I am successful and other times I’m not so successful. Either way, I lay my head on the pillow and know that I did the best I could that day.

I don’t always live up to other people’s expectations or my own, but I refuse to see myself as a failure. As long as I keep trying and do the best I can possibly do, I’m winning. I’m successful. Eventually, my success will actually look like success. It is hard to remember when you’re going through a tough time that trying over and over again leads to success.

3 pair of black socks

Washing and drying six socks without losing any of them goes way past a plan and persistence. My three pairs of socks are a miracle and it was enough to put a smile on my face. Yes, I’m simple and sometimes success is a sock miracle, but the real secret is that you can’t ever, ever, ever give up.

“It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment rarely
sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci ~

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chris June 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

Simple sock miracles — I love it!


2 Skip_D June 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

sock it to ’em!!! 😀


3 Philip Bond June 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Buy all black sox, pairing is so much easier also when one goes missing.


4 Sherry Riter June 16, 2013 at 4:22 am

Yep! Black and white socks are definitely my favorite!


5 Joan June 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm

As I was reading this post it brought a BIG SMILE 😀 to my face. It is you at your MOST BRILLIANT! 😀


6 Sherry Riter June 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thank you Joan!!! 😀


7 Joan June 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Now don’t get all modest and say, “Ohhh shucks” at my compliment to you above. You ARE BRILLIANT! 😀


8 Joan June 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

The problem is that you don’t know that you are brilliant! Now that is a problem. To be brilliant and not know that you are brilliant! And not only are you brilliant, you are beautiful, talented, gifted and a wonderful writer with a vivid imagination that knows no limits. Now that is another problem you have. Not to know that you are brilliant, beautiful, talented, gifted and a wonderful writer with a vivid imagination that knows no limits. I hope you thank me for pointing out all your problems today. 😀

Well, at least you know that you are kooky. Who else but you would write a post about laundering socks when you were really writing a post about planning for successful endeavors? 😀


9 Sherry Riter June 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

😀 You are so sweet. Thank you!!! (blushing)


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