I love the Apple Store. I love the clean lines of the industrial look of the store. I love the brushed silver back wall that has hidden drawers with a simple lip as a pull so the entire wall is flush. I love the simple design in the tall wooden tables. I love the fact that the tables are the same height as the bars along the walls! I love that the wood softens the look of the brushed silver and technology that fills the store. I like the simple “t-shirt and jeans” uniform that the employees wear.
I like the graphics on the walls. Their “posters” are wide screens rather than printed paper.
The grahpics are always simple and clean.
The message is concise.
I feel comfortable in the Apple store. Even if I don’t need to buy something, if I’m at the mall, I’ll duck in to walk through …. just because.
But, last week, I walked into the store for another reason.
In mid-January of this year, Joy dropped by Macbook. She was walking and it simply slipped out of her hands and hit the floor with a loud clap. I didn’t get mad … but I was disappointed. Her immediate response when I asked her about the “thud” was dishonest. That was tough. She lied. I loathe dishonesty.
I put off having it repaired because I KNEW the repair would be very costly
and I knew I would probably lose all of the photos in the memory.
Some were backed up … some were not.
And since the screen wouldn’t even work, I couldn’t see them
to pick and choose any to save to an external hard drive.
But, months have gone by and I only have access to the laptop
that Joy’s daddy graciously gave her as a gift
when she broke mine.
I have no place of my own to store my photos so my camera has laid idle for nearly a year.
I have no way to try to develop my business because I cannot take photographs.
And I can’t freely blog because I don’t have access to a computer
and my inspiration for writing often comes from my photos.
So, last week, I walked into the Apple store and laid my laptop on the counter
and walked away
knowing that I would lose almost ten thousand photographs
and I would owe them a great deal of money soon.
And yet, I left content.
I did something that I have procrastinated for months.
I have let fear hold me back.
I feared losing all of those photos.
I feared the cost.
But, I decided to push the fear aside and do the hard thing.
As difficult as it was to walk into that store ….
of all the stores that I would need to enter to do something “tough,”
I’d rather it be the Apple Store …
because I adore the Apple Store.
The Apple Store Makes Me Happy today.
What makes YOU happy this marvelous Monday morning?
What have you done lately that was really tough … but made you happy …
because you finally put the fear aside and did it?