MONDAY FORTUNE COOKIE, 3/4/13
Posted by Denise Golinowski
THE JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE REQUIRES MANY SHOES.
SNARKY REMARK: What?! Now, Fortune Cookie Guru, you’re Jimmy Choo? Well, when life gives you a kicker, put on your steel-toed shoes and kick it right back!
I’ve never been a big fan of shoes. I buy them. I wear them. I take them off as soon as I come in the door. That is NOT the result of my heritage, but the result of my feet’s general unhappiness with being enclosed. But I think I get where the Fortune Cookie Guru is going with this.
We have to cover a lot of ground in this life and the terrain can be quite different from point to point.
Today’s Fortune Cookie reminds me of the “wearing many hats” analogy, but perhaps a head covering is less indicative of effort expended, obstacles overcome, and preparedness completed than a properly chosen shoe. Ah! Spoken like a true fashionista (which I obviously am not), but I’m assured it’s all about the accessories.
Muddy shoes or boots might be required when dealing with periods of stormy weather or hard work.
Polished shoes or high heels come out when you have a chance to strut your stuff, dress to impress, or party down.
The sandals slide on when life is moving easy and expectations are for casual comfort.
Roomy bedroom slippers snuggle around your feet for periods of a more private, indulgent, reclusive nature.
Tennis or aerobic shoes helped you when life required that you stay moving, keep on your toes, or get there fast!
Maybe the Fortune Cookie Guru is trying to remind us that we’ll have to understand and accept that sometimes the shoes we wore yesterday won’t be appropriate for today.
That the life we lived before this moment is no more than a precursor for the life we will live tomorrow.
Yeah, that sounds preachy, but it’s something I’m constantly working to accept. The only constant in life is change and the only option is to be accepting of that fact. As the Borg would say, “resistance is futile” and for this, they’d be right.
We may not get to choose much in this life, but one thing we are assured of being able to choose is HOW we deal with what life throws at us.
For this period of life, I’d say I’m in the low-heeled slingback mode. A little elevation to give me a clearer field of view. Easy on and off for those moments when you absolutely MUST go barefoot.
What kind of shoes are you wearing at this stage of your life?