Today, I was getting ready to go for a run when I realized I had forgotten my socks. I often run in the hills around my office, so I need to bring my running clothes from home. I wasn’t going to let this small misstep stop me from going out for my workout, so I laced up my shoes without them. This isn’t usually the best decision because it can lead to blisters and discomfort, but every once in while I’ve done it in the past.
What I found during the run surprised me - the new shoes that I’d just bought actually fit much better without socks. They had given me a little bit of trouble in the past, but without socks they fit great.
I’m fascinated by happy accidents like these; serendipitous events that would have ordinarily been a mishap.
I’m going to start keeping close tabs on these in my life; I think they can have a pretty significant positive effect if used properly. If you’re so inclined, I’d love to hear about examples of happy accidents in your life.