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Motivational Message

Week of October 21, 2002 Edition

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In Somebody Else's Shoes
By Audrina Jones Bunton

Have you ever tried on a pair of shoes that just did not seem to fit? No matter how desperate your attempt, the shoes just would not fit! Contrary to the obvious, you decide to wear them anyway. As you forcibly step into the shoes, discomfort pierces your entire body from the inside out, and your suffering begins. Oh if your feet could talk or scream!! You walk around smiling on the outside but paining on the inside--thinking, "I can't wait to get out of these shoes." You wear the uncomfortable shoes and can barely walk because you are wearing shoes not made to fit your feet--but somebody else's. In essence, you are in somebody else's shoes.

These shoes, these unbefitting shoes--are symbolic of our lives. Symbolic because by choice, we live lives that are unbefitting to us--unbefitting to who we really are. We have lived and continue to live lives that are either dictated by others, by society, or by past circumstances. Suffering and paining on the inside, while smiling on the outside because we have not made the conscious decision to get out--to step out of our unbefitting lives.

At anytime, you can choice to get rid of and discard the shoes that are unbefitting, you can rid of the things in your life that do not fit in with who you are, or what you would like to become. Do not live a life that fits somebody else's agenda, purpose or goal if it brings you discomfort and causes you to suffer. If the shoes don't fit--kick off those shoes, take a deep breath, and purpose to live a fulfilling life that is fitting to your calling, your hopes and desires.

Make the decision to stop walking around in somebody else's shoes and step into the fulfilling life that is purposed and befitting for only YOU.

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Think About It!!
It has occurred to me recently that I have never chosen anything. I was born into a role that had been prepared for me. I did everything I was asked to do because it never occurred to me to choose otherwise. And now, at the end of my life, I wonder what might have been. Centauri Emperor, Babylon 5

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