What a great metaphor for life. Shoes can be a wonderful symbol of a person’s character and the paths they have traveled… and, those they have yet to travel. If shoes could talk, many stories would emerge. Amazing stories might come from a well-worn pair of sandals that traveled the sidewalks, subways and trains of Italy… through places of historical significance. Some might bring stories of being the single pair for their owner, worn well and taped up to keep the rain from seeping in.
A good pair of shoes can prepare us for a tough journey. They can make us feel good about who we are, or make us uncomfortable because they don’t fit like we had hoped they would. But, there is a funny thing about shoes… we may find that as time passes, even the ones that seemed to not fit right in the beginning end up being our most treasured pair as they stretch and evolve to fit our feet just right. They become our favorite pair, to the point that we really don’t even see the other shoes in our closet. We keep reaching for the ones that might have hurt in the beginning, but we would be lost without as we travel forward on our journey.
Whether sneakers, high heels, clown shoes, flip flops, boots, sandals, or glass slippers… shoes give us different experiences… and they tell a story. They help us to broaden our horizons.
Putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes teaches us valuable lessons about life. They teach us compassion, that it’s ok to not be perfect all the time, that the people who matter will still love you even if you have tape covering the holes in your shoes. They teach us the importance of making a good first impression, but that only looking at the surface is not the same as understanding what’s at the core.
To truly understand… to find compassion, to laugh, to cry, to find true love and to be enlightened we need to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. What we may find is that we have actually been standing in our own shoes all along… but afraid to look down and really hear the stories coming from our own shoes…. until they are reflected back at us through the shoes of someone else.
Love and Light,