A young man with excruciating pain in his foot went to a Shaman for guidance. The man said, “Oh, wise Shaman, the pain in my foot is unbearable, every time I walk, it hurts more and more. I can’t fathom much longer.” With his gentle disposition, the Shaman put his hand on the young man’s shoulder and said, “Son, you have only two choices and I’m afraid the decision rests in your hands. You can either cover every path that which you walk in burlap or you can wear shoes.”
With every situation that life throws at us, we have a choice. We can become a victim and look at unfavorable situations as an attack, or we can inquire on how to become a better version of ourselves.
We can’t change external forces or as the story illustrated, cover the world in burlap, but we can surely think about the hideous situations that life often times presents us with and learn from them. We have the ability to question, challenge, and face every situation head on and hopefully in our reasoning, we may find our shoes so we can walk again.