One of the liabilities of working on your feet 10-12 hours a day is that your feet really hurt. Add to that, being over-weight — and all the extra pressure you put on your feet — and your feet really hurt. And add to that a chronic pain along the area of your left foot that broke as a child, and you have some serious foot pain.
This has definitely been a challenge working in restaurants…
But recently, I was given this advice: change your shoes… often.
In other words, have more than one pair of kitchen shoes and that will solve a lot of the problem.
I tried it… and it works!
Because different shoes provide more or less support in different areas, wearing different shoes helps excercise your foot and provide it support where needed.
Anyway, I have to tell you… it makes all the difference in the world.
And I”ve been thinking that maybe the same is true for us spiritually.
Maybe if we get in a rut spiritually — or keep hitting a chronic blockage or or pain — maybe you need to change your shoes. Try a shoe that is less comfortable, but might be stretching your spirit in different and new ways (like a show does with your foot).
What does this look like?
Maybe changing my quite time routine or reading a book by a person I know I won’t fully agree with. Maybe it is changing my sabbath routine or how I journal or pray or practice any of my other spiritual disciplines… sometimes you just need to change your shoes.
I wonder how many of us get stuck in ruts and never try changing our shoes?
What do you think? Any examples?