For your consideration….

Probably we have all heard and even used the phrase, “Walk a mile in my shoes.” Why is it used?

If we get to the root of it, it is a phrase that is thrown out because we are being judged or judging others. It is a defense mechanism. That alone should be a trigger to remind ourselves that there really is no place for judgment. It is counter productive and serves no good purpose to either party.

Additionally, we are reminded today that the phrase is useless because we can never walk in another’s shoes. We are not qualified for those that have been uniquely created for another nor could anyone walk in the shoes that are uniquely created for us alone.

We are reminded that while we can have empathy….should have empathy….we can not step into another’s shoes.

We are asked to support and encourage others without judgement.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Suspend judgment and offer support and encouragement. If we can not do that, consider that we are not the person needed in the situation.

What made me smile yesterday….

-The final travel day to Colorado.

-Yup, the Wyoming Highway Patrol stopped me. They were wonderful and just asked us to be safe.

-We love Jody’s cabin in the mountains.

-Fun with lifelong friends.

-A good book.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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