Thankful Thursdays

For a shoe-full of perspective.

This week I find myself in someone else’s shoes. I messed up my knee and I’ve been hopping around wearing a brace and on crutches. The temporary interruption has brought to mind the countless people who live with disabilities, namely those who come back from war all mangled up. It is a challenge for me right now to do certain things, I can just imagine (although not fully) what a challenge it is for those permanently disabled.

The reality is that most people are fighting some type of battle, be it health, economic, or social in nature, and we shouldn’t have to find ourselves in their shoes, literally or figuratively, to be compassionate and understanding. Empathy should kick in regardless. But, I tell you what, when that literal shoe fits, what a dose of perspective you get!

I thank the Lord for the continued lessons, and pray He fills me with compassion…always.

In whose shoes have you found yourself walking? And what are you thankful for today?

“It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or the shoes; it’s to be able to think like they think, feel what they feel, and understand why they are who and where they are. Every step is about empathy.”
-T. Sorenson




Thankful Thursdays — 7 Comments

  1. I always remember a relative who always made fun of my Abuela when she would get a bit confused. She wasn’t confused as much as happy about seeing him and as such would get a bit overwhelmed with emotion … she was in her late 80s, early 90s. Years later this same relative was diagnosed with (and eventually passed away due to complications from) Alzheimer’s … I wonder if at any time he got the irony of his situation. Be blessed, amiga, your perspective is so needed in the world.

  2. Your beautiful message today, and your quotes, were right on point…for everyone, every day….especially in this crowded, ever-changing world where we need more compassion and understanding of those around us. It is something we can all do to make the world a better place.

  3. Loved your message today Connie, and yes, I fully believe in always, always, putting oneself in other people’s shoes. Doing so really changes one’s perspective and helps in remembering to be kind. I look at it as sort of a boomerang.

    Take care of that knee Ms. Connie.

    J.G. ☺

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