Monday, December 23, 2013

Who Wears These Humble Shoes?

Walking in Someone Else's Shoes

Every shoe has tongue,

They all have a sole.
And a story to be told.

No matter what they look like
Whether old or new,
They are all quite different
Every single shoe.

Take the time to learn
What they have to say.
A whole different person.
Will be revealed today.

He's lived a life we'll never know.
He's inspired one and all.
To try walk in this man's shoes.
We would surely fall.

He had a set of false teeth, which he carried in a fold of his loin cloth ("Loin cloth? Good Lord!"). He put them in his mouth only when he wanted to eat. After his meal, he took them out, washed them and put them back in his loin cloth again. 
He spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman. He was educated at London University and became an attorney. But the first time he attempted to make a speech in court, his knees trembled, and he was so frightened that he had to sit down in confusion and defeat. As a lawyer in London, he got nowhere at all. He waspractically a failure there.
However, despite this worldly success he was not happy. On seeing the untold misery of millions of his fellow countrymen; on seeing thousand of them dying of starvation; the worldly success seemed cheap and unimportant to him. He gave up all his money and ‘took the vow of poverty, and since that time, he consecrated his life to helping the poor and the downtrodden.
He experimented with diets to see how cheaply he could live and remain healthy. He started living principally on fruit and goats’ milk and olive oil. He had been greatly influenced by the teachings of an American by the name of David Thoreau. 
He never visited the US, but he had many American fans and followers. One of his more unusual admirers was Henry Ford. 
He inspired millions of people world over to take the path of non-violence and civil disobedience. Though inspiring 5 world leaders who got Noble Peace prize viz. Martin Luther King Jr. (USA), Dalai Lama (Tibet), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Nelson Mandela (S. Africa) and Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Argentina), he never got a Noble Prize himself !
Click here to find out who's shoes these are and read a cute fact about his shoes.

What did you think about walking in these shoes?


Judy Haughton-James said...

Excellent post! This gives serious food for thought! I am a new Follower from the Blog Hop. Take care and all the best to you.

Amber Housey said...

Thanks Judy. So glad you are here!

Mom Blog Society said...

Sending love from Reflexions hope to get some back. Join us Wednesday for our FB hop. Also, we would love to feature your blog on Mom Blog Society.

Brae Craig said...

I really appreciate the idea you have on this blog. To think about where other people come from without judging first or harshly. I tend to do this, and sometimes it drives people I know crazy. But I've had too many people have the wrong impression of me because of something i didn't even know I said or did and it sucks.

I'm following you now here AND your fb page from MBS's "like me" hop. I'd love for you to come follow me back at

Amber Housey said...

Thank you Brae! I am so pleased that it resonates with you. I have had and still have people misjudge me. It is human nature but I believe we can learn to be more proactive with our impressions of people.
I am already following your blog and FB. I look forward to reading. By the way, your sweaters are so fun. Congtprats getting a feature on etsy.
Glad we are connected.