Black Shoes Brown Shoes

20 Jan

I walked in, head high, shoulders back, and impeccably groomed.  My attitude, my smile, and my confidence were in sync with the physical presence and I was ready!  Summoned by a recent job search, this was my first interview since I left my long-time job.

As I interacted and moved about the office to handle necessary paperwork, I felt an incredible confidence.  I eventually took a spot in an adjacent office awaiting my interviewer.  As I shifted my legs for a more comfortable position…there they were.  BROWN shoes!  I was mortified.

Brown shoes are fine if your attire calls for brown shoes.  But noooo…my attire called for BLACK shoes.

Okay, so now what?  Flustered, red in the face, and so disappointed in myself, I tried to make the best.  I couldn’t let a pair of shoes negate all the good I had in me.  So began the self talk.  “Cindy, they’re just shoes.  They are a minor glitch in your presence.  You have more to offer than the color of your shoes.”

I repositioned my feet, strategically positioned my purse, and shifted the negative thoughts.  I sailed through the interview with composure and pride and upon arrival to my car; those shoes came off with a chuckle.  The way I see it…if I don’t get a job based solely on the color of my shoes, then I probably don’t want the job anyway.  And…I’m good with that.


6 Responses to “Black Shoes Brown Shoes”

  1. sandraturner1965 January 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    HaHaHa, Great Story, Great Attitude!!!

  2. darla eason January 21, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    At least they were both the SAME color …I had an important meeting right after Ethan was born…only to look down and see a black and a navy shoe! Great attitude to have!

    • May Your Soul Stir™ January 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      A bit more self talk would have been required if they were different colors! 🙂 I’m glad though, we can find humor in our awkward situations.

  3. limeavocado January 22, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Mama, I have to say that you are inspiring! Not only with your way with words, but with your attitude! This is something that I needed to read. Thank you!

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