Is This a Bohemian’s Shoe?

Vic's Slipper
No, it’s my daughter’s school’s slipper! With a huge whole instead of the sole.
When I grabbed out this dirty thing in the dark bottom of her school bag, I first bursted out of laughter. It was in such a rueful state, I couldn’t imagine that she was putting them on several times a day! Without stumbling at any step.
I remember, though, that she asked me sometimes to buy new ones, that hers were in such a bad state. That we bought new ones the day we went to the doctor, she had a fiever, could hardly walk, but wanted new slippers!
Now, I realized why. And didn’t laugh any longer.

This yawning slipper opened the small window of the doubt.

Finding the right balance is not a linear process.
The pitted slipper arrived precisely when I was experimenting a similar situation as Valeria Maltoni, that made me wonder, like her: “Do You Ever Feel Like Giving Up”?

This kind of tiny incident is the opportunity to stop and think. To weigh in different elements and restaure a better balance.

Do you also have your “wholed slipper”? Did it lead you to important decisions?

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3 thoughts on “Is This a Bohemian’s Shoe?

  1. Your post about the slippers reminds me of Heinrich Zimmer’s The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul’s Conquest of Evil; the story of Abu Kasem and his slippers.

    Abu Kasem is a merchant who is known for his wealth and criticised for his old dilapidated slippers that have been repaired and patched so many times. When he finally decides to succumb to the pressure, attempting to rid himself of he tattered pair of old slippers in every which way, but they keep returning to him, each time costing him trouble and money. A dog finds the slippers in the garbage and carries them, dripping and stinking, back into the house. Fishermen find the slippers entangled in their nets, the slippers’ exposed nails ripping the cords, and angrily throw them through Abu Kasem’s window. A neighbor catches sight of Abu Kasem burying the slippers and, assuming there must be something valuable in the hole, denounces him to the Khalif for evading taxes. As he stands before the judge, he is told that “Nothing lasts forever and when a thing is no longer useful, it should be relinquished.”

  2. Patricia,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tale.

    We all have an old pair of slippers to get rid, of, right?
    See you soon to share more thoughts :-)

  3. Your post about the slippers reminds me of Heinrich Zimmer's The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil; the story of Abu Kasem and his slippers.

    Abu Kasem is a merchant who is known for his wealth and criticised for his old dilapidated slippers that have been repaired and patched so many times. When he finally decides to succumb to the pressure, attempting to rid himself of he tattered pair of old slippers in every which way, but they keep returning to him, each time costing him trouble and money. A dog finds the slippers in the garbage and carries them, dripping and stinking, back into the house. Fishermen find the slippers entangled in their nets, the slippers' exposed nails ripping the cords, and angrily throw them through Abu Kasem's window. A neighbor catches sight of Abu Kasem burying the slippers and, assuming there must be something valuable in the hole, denounces him to the Khalif for evading taxes. As he stands before the judge, he is told that "Nothing lasts forever and when a thing is no longer useful, it should be relinquished.";…

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