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:
- Separate the socks and put them into the washing machine.
- When the washer finishes cycling, ensure that all six socks are retrieved from the washer and put into the dryer.
- After the load dries, separate the socks from the other clothing and pair them.
That is really the plan for all successful endeavors.
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.
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.