The Truth About Walking a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes…


Walking in another's shoes“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” ~To Kill a Mockingbird

Everything in life is seen from our own perspective. No matter how much we want to walk in someone else’s shoes to understand them and the challenges they face, it is impossible.

Even if we do step into their shoes we will still see things through our own filters. The best thing any of us can do is to listen and hear as clearly as possible, without judgment.  The best thing we can do is to be kind and compassionate with each other. 

In order to heal or help someone else it’s important to recognize we see through filters based on our own experience. We must take a moment clear our own filters before we can move forward to help someone else. We don’t have to take on someone else’s energy and feel what they are feeling. We don’t have to run their pain through us to heal them. Doing that will only cause us discomfort or pain.

When you look at someone with a level of neutrality it helps you understand and it is that understanding that will allow you to comfort another. It is your compassion, neutrality and ability to hold a healing space that creates a healing. It is not necessary to actually “walk in” someone else’s shoes when you open your heart to know, and clearly see, their experience.

It is also important to realize that at some level each of us has chosen our journey and it is up to each of us, individually, to seek a level of understanding within ourselves. The true healing begins within. 

Acknowledge the journey of others with compassion and kindness. Find neutrality to clear your filters and see things in a different light, from a new perspective with a new level of understanding.~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2015 All Rights Reserved

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