Separate Shoes

Don’t walk a day in my shoes.

You won’t like it.

Why?

It’s not your life and you have worked hard to surround yourself with things, people, and events that you like, and, well, I’ve done the same thing but, with a slightly different combinations of things, people, and events — making us different. That’s a good thing.

Now, empathy and compassion are important and I’m not suggesting people disregard these positive attributes.

So how do we connect under this model of recognizing the subtle differences between people? What does a conversation look sound like, I mean, are we stuck with ‘Nice weather today!’ and the such?

I don’t think so. I think we focus on the connections we bring to the table.

If you’re passionate you can connect easily with someone else who is. It doesn’t matter if you’re passionate about embroidering and I’m passionate about human performance.

If you’re creative you can connect with someone else who is. If I’m creative about connecting business to athletics and you’re creative about connecting social plights and graphic design, well, I consider us one in the same.

The hard part is being vulnerable and open enough to get past the social stigmas of “walking a mile in my shoes” and realizing the beauty is that we wear separate shoes. They’re different sizes, styles, heck, even the two same models fit slightly different providing a different experience.

It’s all about accepting that I don’t have to live your life to connect with you.

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One thought on “Separate Shoes

  1. Erin says:

    Well said my friend.

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