Walking in Other Shoes
They are usually found in a
heap by my door, dirty, scraped up, smelly and left for me to trip over on my
way into the house. They are the shoes
of the people I most love in this world.
Although I think of my family
often, I rarely think of what they put on their feet, unless they complain they
are starting to hurt, or one of them tries to wear something I feel is totally
But when you think about it,
shoes are what cover our feet as we go through life. They style us, they protect us, and they
enable us to fearlessly move forward into otherwise dangerous terrain, filled
with sharp stones and microscopic creatures of the dirt.
When we look at someone’s
shoe, we see a glimpse of where they went and where they could possibly go -- IF we look closely enough to get another view. In fact, when we quiet our own voices from
our own perspective, we can almost start to put ourselves in their shoes.
Journal Exercise from this month's ARTstarter calendar on Perspective: Draw a shoe that belongs to someone you care about.
Insight: I need to remember just how much energy a 5 year old boy has and how hard it must be to contain it in this big exciting world! I need to remember it so I can understand him -- but also so that I can tap into my own excitement, energy and curiosity about MY world.