Walk A Few Feet In Someone Else’s Shoes

A lot of what we do is based on a few things.

Things we say and do and how we react to life itself are more than likely based on what we went through, saw, learned, read, watched, heard, etc. Of course in my most humble opinion.

What I write…what I think is based on what I’ve seen. What I’ve learned.

1. Our character. Having respect, empathy, kindness. What’s inside us. The combination of qualities or features that distinguishes one person, group, or thing from another. Moral or ethical strength.

2. What surrounds us. Loved ones, or lack thereof, a career, or no steady job. The people and ideas around us definitly have the most impact on our beliefs, opinions and yes, judgments.

3. How we see the world. That takes me back to my favorite saying, “all in how we were raised.”

When we hear about something or make an assumption, or you know talk “trash” about someone…always remember, there are reasons behind every action.

Theres a reason why people act the way they do.

Put your self in their shoes. The old saying will never get too old to forget it.

“Walk a mile in another man’s shoes and you will understand his problems.”

Yeah. Maybe that man or women just lost someone. Maybe they just lost a job…or maybe they are getting separated. We don’t know these things. Maybe they are just jerks! But hey, He said it best:

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Mark 4:24

I want to walk a mile in your shoes,

I want to walk a mile in your shoes,

I want to know what you think and what you feel,

So I really want to walk — a mile in your shoes!

Remember the fight that we had?

Why did we both have to lose?

It’s because we both walked away mad,

Instead of walking a mile in each other’s shoes!

You hear how the world is a mess

Every time you turn on the news,

But all countries could have happiness,

If they’d be walking a mile in each other’s shoes!

Tempers start to cool down,

A frown turned into a smile,

Anger just can’t be found

When we’re wearing those shoes

And you’re walking that mile!”–Jan Nigro

“Walk a mile in another man’s shoes and you will understand his problems…”

How simple an idea.

Yet we just dont grasp it, huh?

It’s all good, one day we will. The world will know that great things can happen when we take a minute to think about the person sitting next to us and maybe how he/she thinks about things…and not just how we view them. Chances are we’ll take the other shoes off midway through.



About Tymothy Longoria

Tymothy Longoria has been described as a writer with a flair for the dramatic (whether this is true still remains to be seen). He is a fan of all things fantastic, metal music, black t-shirts, and aligns himself with geeks, nerds, and all manner of monsters, and is an ardent, optimistic supporter of his fellow creatives. He has written several short stories for the online macabre zine Underneath The Juniper Tree and in 2012 was awarded Debut Author of the Year by Twisted Core Press for 'Envy', his contribution to the Seven Deadly Sins Anthology. He is currently editing his full-length dark fantasy retelling, Revenants: Book One of The Stories. Fairy tales? If only. Legends will be reborn. Tymothy calls Texas home, where he lives with his wife, two children, and a cat called ThunderCat aka Kitty PawKitty. He is represented by Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary.

10 comments on “Walk A Few Feet In Someone Else’s Shoes

  1. My Dearest Tymothy,

    Sooo beautifully put. Prejudice and Hate are diminished with knowledge. As usual, great post!

  2. If read the poem for last word to first (backwards) the heartfelt words still flow seamlessly and masterfully. Beautiful 🙂 the heart of a poet. Btw Love it.

  3. As usual my friend.. Inspiring, positive and beautiful…
    Debs 😉 x

  4. Even though it might pinch our feet a little to put on another’s shoes, it is essential to being able to understand them and their personal struggles.

  5. There was a video circulating a while back that showed a guy getting short-tempered with the people around him. Then something happened (I can’t remember what, and I can’t find the video again) that made him suddenly able to see “captions” above people’s heads. Things like, “Single mom” and “just lost his job” and “wife dying of cancer.”

    We really do have no idea what other people are going through. We can’t even completely see into the people we know well, the people we interact with on a daily basis, the people who live under the same roof, so how can we possibly judge a total stranger.

  6. Beautiful.

    And I’ve seen that video. I’m sure many of us have. An awesome concept. I like to thing the man is putting on the eyes of Christ.


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