I’m going to misquote a quote. I apologize to the writer, but it’s a great quote and helps me get through the day. Its source is mysterious on the web.
This is my version, “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
It sounds silly writing it now, but it works like mental Valium for me. Be calm, peaceful. Be grateful for what you have. Stop your sniveling.
The quote exposes the rolling tide of my thinking. The pull of the real world I live in-and try to keep up with-pushing against my insider’s knowledge that it can all come crashing down in a single breath.
Worry. Don’t worry. Worry. Don’t worry.
But there’s a third POV to the quote, one buried deep inside, that makes me think to ask the man with no feet if he has any shoes I can borrow since he’s not using them anymore. Yes, that’s horrible, I know. I’m sorry.
Buried in my nature is the person who asks that question, who does whatever it takes to keep going. I can’t help it. I blame the fox.