You open your closet and shoes pour out. You kick off your work shoes to throw on some sneakers, and then shed those later for your after dinner slippers. You’ve got two feet and dozens of shoes. Sound about right?
But all for what? Two feet can’t wear all those shoes.
Somewhere in the quest for stuff we have lost ourselves. We’ve outrun our own minds and completely missed the point of our basic needs. So let’s back up a second and examine something simple. Let’s look at our feet.
We’ve got it good. If you’re able to read this blog, you’ve likely got a pair of shoes. That means you’re already a damn near million miles ahead of many folks on this planet. We buy into this consumerism culture with the appetite of a blue whale. (I’m not really sure blue whales even eat a lot, but I’d like to imagine for this analogy that they do.) So why not give a little considering you can: A. afford the extra space in your closet. B. give yourself the peace of mind of some less junk in your life. And C. help change the life of a complete stranger.
Remember folks: today you, tomorrow me.
My forever active girlfriend recently organized a shoe drive at her office for Soles 4 Souls, a shoe recycling charity. They collected over 12 boxes (54+ cubic feet) of shoes! That is over 500 pairs of shoes! I somehow found 7 pairs of shoes that I was able to donate, which really emptied out my shoe rack. On the plus side, I then had to go out and by another pair of shoes since I gave them all away. I found a pair I really liked and did even more good buying these!
Then, a few days later, I was given a pair of shoes by a total stranger. And these shoes are originally sold to the singing tune of $325! I’ve never even seen that much money in real life! (Sidenote: I’m kidding. I have. Just once though.)
So how do you like that for some karma?! Get out your old shoes and donate them! Clear up space in your place and feel good doing it! Big thanks to Joshua Millburn for the shoes! I am picking them up tomorrow from the post office!
March 7th, 2011