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The Gallery – Shoes

Have you ever thought you would like to be somebody else’s shoes?

“She is size 10 and has a lovely figure. She is like a model”
She has experienced babyloss.

“She has a really good career”
She cried when she had to miss her daughter’s nativity play.

“She gets to stay at home and do her own thing”
She is experiencing post-natal depression

“She went to a good university”
She worries she never lived up to early expectations.

“She is well respected at work”
She is in constant pain.

“She has healthy children”
She struggles to make ends meet

“She has huge talent”
She is fighting for a fair deal for her children with special needs.

“She has 8 children”
She only sees 4 of them

“She has a fabulous degree”
She was abused as a child and self-harms

They say you can only truly understand a person by walking a mile in their shoes. It strikes me that people’s shoes are sometimes very comfy and sometimes they pinch a lot. Sometimes they do lasting damage.

Remember, unless the person takes of their shoes and trusts you, you can never know what lies underneath. So if you wish yourself into somebody else’s shoes, be careful what you wish for. Whilst you and I are at it, let’s stop judging those whose shoes are different from ours. This particularly applies to all those battles between yummy and slummy mummies, those who work and those who don’t and so on.

Interestingly, the great spiritual leaders tend not to wear shoes at all or to wear sandals that show their feet. What does that tell us?


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12 thoughts on “The Gallery – Shoes

  1. Powerful post and words to ponder. Thank you for sharing this!

    Posted by Jenn | September 7, 2011, 11:29 am
  2. Wonderful piece. Very imotional within itself and very to the point. x

    Posted by Caroline | September 7, 2011, 11:45 am
  3. What a brilliant post! Absolutely wonderful! So though-provoking. The best I’ve seen today!

    You MUST give / link the right address though. You have to put the address at the top of this post not the address of the blog. People go to the home page & unless they are a keener will not look for the post!

    Posted by jfb57 | September 7, 2011, 6:23 pm
    • It linked straight through for me from Sticky Fingers blog and I am being more careful about this now.
      Thanks for such positive feedback ladies. The stories are all true based on people I know or have known and not who you might think either.

      Posted by Kate on Thin Ice | September 7, 2011, 6:55 pm
  4. Nice take on it – I’ve been pondering exactly this this week as I’ve read some comments on a blogger’s post which revealed information I never expected. I guess we don’t know each other at all, despite all the detail of our lives which we reveal online to the world.

    Posted by Actually Mummy... | September 7, 2011, 8:22 pm
  5. And shoes themselves can hide a multitude of sins too! Lovely post, thank you x

    Posted by fivegoblogging | September 7, 2011, 8:50 pm
  6. Such very true words – a very though provoking take on the theme.

    Posted by SAHMlovingit | September 7, 2011, 9:21 pm
  7. Fantastic post! The photos are great, and the words food for thought. Thanks.

    Posted by Funky Wellies | September 8, 2011, 6:08 am
  8. Wonderfully thought provoking post. Really enjoyed reading.

    Posted by Mummy Plum | September 8, 2011, 7:18 am
  9. Great take on the theme, really thought provoking post x

    Posted by Mum2babyinsomniac` | September 8, 2011, 7:24 am
  10. I truley believe that you should not judge [people until you have walked a mile in their shies

    Posted by The Mad House | September 9, 2011, 3:49 pm
  11. Lot of lovely shoes x

    Posted by Susan Mann | September 13, 2011, 9:49 pm

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