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90 seconds later, cold sweat had miraculously been replaced with a single affirmation: "I will improvise"
The next morning, I began my speech: "You might be wondering why I am wearing running shoes today. Well, it's about this petition here. When I'm done speaking, I'll be running door to door and I want every one of you to come running with me, too."
It was not speech I had come to deliver, but it worked just as well. Better, in fact. My little "goof-up" became a clever demonstration of action speaking louder than words.
Shoe lesson number two. When you forget your shoes, improvise.
My brother was getting married. We had just witnessed signing of papers at their house, and they were rushing over to another place for the ceremony. Don't ask!
As we locked up their house, my wife's sandal broke. She tried walking in it, but to no avail. So off to nearest shoe store we flew – figuratively, that is. This is not another story about losing shoes hundreds or thousands of feet above a desert or a traffic jam.
We knew they would wait for us before starting ceremony. What we did not know is how long they would wait.
That day, my wife performed a miracle that no other woman has done before or since. She went into store and came out just five minutes later with perfect pair of sandals – smashing to smithereens old woman-shopping-for-shoes Olympic record!
Shoe lesson number three. If you break your shoes, improvise.
Perhaps most important lesson here is that, contrary to popular belief, shoe does not make man (or woman). But lack of shoes sure can build character.
And it gives us a great opportunity to improvise.
The author is David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy, author of Climb Your Stairway to Heave: the 9 habits of maximum happiness at http://TheHappyGuy.com/happiness-self-help-book.html and publisher of Your Daily Dose of Happiness at http://TheHappyGuy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html . Visit his web site at http://TheHappyGuy.com .