Cheryl offers: I was at DFW today catching a business flight to Nashville TN. Most people traveling this month seemed to be dressed quite casually, really comfortable for the hot summer months, with a few noticeable exceptions. The one exception that caught my eye was women in 5 inch high heels. Don’t get me wrong, I like high heels myself. In fact I wear them frequently, mostly because I’m pretty short and they make me feel more powerful. However I do avoid them when I travel for several reasons. The first and foremost reason is safety. I can imagine how hard it would be to flee a potential plane disaster in high heels, sprinting to safety seems close to impossible. Like many travelers, my feet swell when I travel. In high heels it can become an almost unbearable situation when walking long distances such as gate changes, terminal changes, and the inevitable walk to your parked car. I know, I’ve done all of these in high heels and that’s why I wear comfortable flats when I travel now. My desire to look professional, chic and hip are still a part of me; and a statement from the new bestseller SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD by Dan Heath and his brother Chip Heath helps me deal with it better. They write “Clarity dissolves resistance.” How true! Once I was clear on the perils of running in high heels and walking long distances in shoes that feel a size too small after a long flight, my resistance to wearing low healed comfortable shoes dissolved completely. Who knew it could be explained in just 3 words? And by the way, this is a terrific book for lots of other reasons.
Cheryl offers: Late last year, I had the opportunity to travel extensively outside the United States on business to some pretty amazing places. As luck would have it, I also found myself in some amazing places, but not for reasons of beauty, comfort, or safety. It struck me as I struggled with losing my luggage for the whole week I was there, showering in slightly brown water, drinking only bottled water because that was all that was safe, and hotels without any phone or internet access, that I had really started to take a lot of things for granted living in Texas. As I recently read, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, (yes, I know it’s not exactly a business book, but I’m one of those who needs variety) it struck me how lucky we are to live in this country and to have access to an enormous set of daily choices. Tolle discusses the “ego” extensively and the more I read, the more my ego got dinged, dented, and revealed. It’s not always a pleasant experience to meet yourself and yet, I am delighted to have had the opportunity. Each day I have awakened in 2010 in my home in Texas, I find myself reveling in the gratitude for all this state and country have to offer. Remind me of this blog this summer when it’s 102 outside, would you?