Saturday, September 19, 2009

On Shoes & Change

Change, often, is like a new shoe.

At first, the need.
To buy or not to buy?
To change, or not ?

Then, the considerations.
Is this a better shoe than the one I have?
Is it a change for the better?

At what price?
How much, is too much?
How much am I willing to stretch?

And, then finally, come the moments of truth when we wear the new shoes to walk through new ways.
Or, perhaps on old roads.

Who really focuses on the scenery, when one is nagged by a vague, weird feeling of discomfort from a fit which is a wee bit too snug?
Or, if one is nursing angry blisters.

Until the shoes are broken in, or, shall we say, we are reconciled to the change, one has to continously resist an overwhelming urge to shake the tightly encased feet, hoping for a little more breathing space down there.

But, once you get past the blisters...the snug fit....the newness wears off and comfort levels rise, the change is no longer a change, but a well worn, comfortable habit.

And, how would you know when change knocks at your doors?

Just as you know when its time to trade in a worn pair of shoes...

It is time for change when there is an ache in the soul..when the familiar no longer delights us but instead, fills our being with a sense of jaded tiredness and self loathing.

Sometimes, every now and then, we come across a thought that grips our hearts, and fills us with an undescribable excitement and intense yearning to make it a part of our lives.

When this happens, you know that change is beckoning.
And when change comes calling, we can either stay.
Or, we can choose to run as fast as we can, in our old worn shoes till the threadbare soles completely give way, and then, my friend, is when change is gonna catch up & bite us hard on our bums.

Note: Reproduced from Soul-Talkin


The Survivor said...

That was a nice way to put it.

True indeed sometime failures to recognize the need to change can hit hard.

BTW, you seem to be like shoes very much ha?

The Mad Alpha Moggie said...

Lol, actually I am not a huge fan of shoes...I gave up on them a long long time back when I discovered that my feet were just marginally better than those of Daisy Duck's...:P :P

Arch said...

.... and she is back...and HOW!! Lovely writing and change...who wud have thot!! :) Hope this means something exciting is happening in your life. Enjoy!

The Mad Alpha Moggie said...

Thank you Arch..
This piece is an oldie but since radical change is definitely in the air in the moggie world, I thought it was an appropriate time to post this piece here...
Thank you for not giving up on me when I went off on my sabbatical..

Ganga Dhanesh said...

Looks like both of us had gone off on a sabbatical!!! Nice one, felt vaguely familiar...the Soul Talkin explained it :) Good to have you back!