In all seriousness, If we had the ability to be in someones body with their shoes, I totally would. I believe that being in someone else’s body would be a great way to get to know them. For example, I know that I could walk miles and miles and miles because I’ve walked a marathon before, (a story for another time) but if the body of the person who owns the shoes you currently possess are not able to walk many miles you can tell a lot about them. Whew! If they can’t walk too much, then they haven’t been walking lately. If they haven’t been walking, then they probably haven’t been working out. Maybe they’re less disciplined, or they prefer to not workout, or many other options.
What are they wearing? Eccentric hats, elegant long coats, nice jewelry. I have always thought that pieces of clothing are puzzle pieces that when pieced with genetics, personality and personal experiences make up the picture that is who a person is. These puzzle pieces that make up a person can not just be found on their body. They have to be found in their life.
In our busy world, full of moving parts, before someone criticizes someone else, they don’t usually take the time to find a way to walk a mile in that person’s shoes, or dig into their lives. They just criticize and move on.
This is your daily reminder to care. I know that you may be struggling, you make be hurting inside, but there is no point attempting to take those feelings out on someone else. They won’t leave. You will just feel worse. I hope you understand I am telling you the truth, even if it is not what you wish or need to hear. Think of those people as you. They could be feeling the same way. Treat them as you wish to be treated.
“Do unto others what you wish to be done to you” – Literally any old religious book or important historical figure 😉