What would you do if your situation was suddenly reversed
if you were rich today and in poverty tomorrow
if you had a full stomach today and hungry tomorrow
if you were in good health today and gravely ill tomorrow
if you were free today and enslaved tomorrow
if you had a privileged life today and disadvantaged tomorrow
if you had a family today, but suddenly lonely tomorrow
what would you do if your situation was suddenly reversed?
The idiom “If the shoe was on the other foot” means a role reversal where the advantage has shifted to the disadvantage. Nowadays we are so quick to point to others who don’t look like us, who have less than we do, who speak differently from us, and then we judge them and scorn them, simply by what we see and label them in an unsavory and dehumanizing category.
We separate ourselves from the circles of these “others” and remain in our own little snobby cliques. At the same time, we lose our humanity and compassion. Before you get so wrapped up into blaming others for their unfortunate conditions, before you judge people based on what they are wearing, driving, where they are living or the color of their skin, put yourself in their place for a moment and think about whether you would really be okay having someone treat or prejudge you as you treat and prejudge them.
I listen to people on their soapbox ranting and raving with their holier-than-thou comments and attitudes, then find that these very same individuals are speaking from both sides of their mouths and have more skeletons in their closets than a graveyard. Be mindful, because your tables can turn in a split second, changing your life forever.
If the shoe was on the other foot…what would your shoe look like or would you have any shoe on at all?