26 Jun 2014 | News

The Lesson From The Man With One Shoe

A man walks into shop wearing one shoe. The shop owner asks, ‘Lose one?’ Man answers, ‘No mate – found one!’

From one simple scene it is amazing the difference between the 2 men’s points of view.

First there is the shop owner’s view:-

‘Lose one?’ 

The shop owners looks upon the world and sees it from the perspective of loss, of lack, and of half empty.

His life is defined by, ‘I can’t’, ‘I won’t’ and ‘I’ll never’.

His perspective is of things not being quite up to scratch. There is always a lack of perfection. There is always something that just doesn’t quite line up.

For every lining there is a cloud. For every rainbow there is a storm. For every solution there is a problem. To every diamond there is a flaw. To every success there is a thing called luck.

So before they walk they stumble. Before they get up they fall.

Their lives are defined by, ‘I can’t’, ‘I won’t’ and ‘I’ll never’.

For they are the ones who declare, ‘Lose one?’


Secondly there is the view of the man with one shoe:-

‘No mate – found one!’

Here is someone who lives in a state of building – even if it is one shoe at a time.  No matter what he has on his feet he will just keep walking.

He understands that to start any journey one must take the first step, and that in the pursuit of a goal one doesn’t necessarily have to have a pair of shoes on their feet to get started.

He is a half-full kind of guy, who is positive and optimistic.  He sees a rainbow in every storm. To him all things are possible. He is a man of action, and even when a brick wall stands between him and success he stands back – sizes up the opposition and shouts – ‘There must be a way through!’…and there always is.

Having already found one shoe he knows that if he keeps walking he will one day find the other one, and yet if he doesn’t…hey it doesn’t really matter because who ever said that a man must wear two shoes to walk tall in this world?

For he is the one who declares, ‘No mate – found one!’

This story clearly shows ‘To one point there are many views’.

One question: ‘who are you?’

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