We’ve all heard the saying. You don’t honestly know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. This saying is a way to teach people to consider others’ struggles and triumphs. When we see life through their eyes, we can understand why they do what they do and how they probably feel about it. It’s all about empathy and compassion.
If you understand another person’s life and their circumstances, you can understand why they do what they do and why they are the person they are. We sometimes think we know what’s best for people. This arrogance is really just ignorance. Unless we understand their circumstances, we shouldn’t tell people what to do. It’s time to learn some humility.
A Kentucky hairstylist posted a photo of her client’s shoes. The stylist Ashley Bolling owns Captivate Salon & Spa. She watched the woman sit down in her chair and then fall asleep. It was strange. She didn’t post the shoe picture because she wanted to mock the tired woman or because she loved the sneaker fashion, it was because of something else. And Ashley recognized it as a moment to share in someone else’s journey through life.
Ashley wrote about how her client is a nurse. She works very hard. And despite her relentless schedule, she found time to come to her salon appointment on time. As she was doing the nurse’s hair, Ashley thought about where her shoes must have been. She was so tired. She couldn’t even stay awake through her beauty routine. It was part of her day that she loved. But as Ashley imagined it all, she started to feel more admiration for the client than she had considered before.
“I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked,” Ashley wrote on Facebook. “I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In & out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for? I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.”
Her words are powerful and resonated with thousands on social media.
She continued, “But with those shoes propped up in that chair, phone in her lap, I got the chance to take care of her (even if it was just for a few hours), and I felt extremely honored to take care of such a hardworking, inspiring woman (who) I’m so lucky to call my friend.”
While Ashley hoped her message would pay tribute to the nurse she worked for, she also wanted to honor all the unsung heroes within America. All the firefighters, police officers, military personnel, moms, dads, and hairstylists go through life making people’s lives better. But they often don’t get the recognition they deserve. It is nice to hear Ashley’s post was received so well.
Ashley’s friend is just one person who does good for America every day. Do you know someone who deserves more recognition for what they do? Tag them in the comments!