Whether dressing down for a recreational activity or dressing up for a special event, no wardrobe is complete until the feet are properly outfitted. Look at the shoes in your closet. They tell a lot about the roles you play, from your occupation to your interests. Are you a cook, a nurse, a business professional? Do you enjoy biking, running, or salsa dancing? It’s true; you can learn much about a person by his or her shoes.
This isn’t a fashion blog, so you might be wondering, “Why the discussion about shoes?” Glad you asked. Your shoes, or more importantly, the condition of your soles are an indicator of where you are in life. Do your shoes look worn from all that walking or running? Have your feet become cramped and blistered from the path you’ve been traveling lately?
Everybody has many roles or shoes to fill – mother, father, daughter, son, friend, employer, employee. Some “shoes” are a perfect fit. We are comfortable in them and feel like we have hit our best stride when we wear them. Other “shoes” pinch our toes or don’t give enough support to the rest of our body. And then there are just some shoes we simply don’t like. Maybe they were given to us when we did not ask for them; or they were ragged hand-me-downs that we had no choice but to accept.
So what do we do when our shoes have become a problem? We could opt to buy new shoes. We could repair them, get inserts, or spray them with a refresher. If the season calls for it, and our feet aren’t ready, we could get a pedicure to pamper our feet. Bottom line, we get to the root of our shoe problems and apply the appropriate solutions.
What are your “sole” conditions? Do your “shoes” fit? Do they allow you to be at your best, or do you need to make some adjustments? Are you trying to wear somebody else’s shoes or trying to force them to fit in to yours? Summertime is a good season to study your feet – to study all of the responsibilities that are facing you right now and in the coming seasons. Remember to take care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to tweak, re-tie, polish, or even upgrade the part of you that carries the rest of your life’s weight.
You are worth the investment of a good pair of shoes.
This article is intended for general education purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counseling or medical care. If you are interested in seeking professional counseling, please contact The Stone Foundation by clicking here, or by phone at 410-296-2004.
Leslie J. Sherrod is the author of several novels. Her work includes Losing Hope and Without Faith, the first two books of the groundbreaking “Sienna St. James Series;” Secret Place, which was featured on CBS and NBC affiliates as addressing mental health issues in the African American church community; and Like Sheep Gone Astray, which received a starred review from Booklist and was featured on AOL’s Black Voices. She is also a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series and has a short story, “The Jericho Band” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle. Leslie was recognized with the SORMAG Readers Choice Award as Christian Author of the Year (2012).