Walking in Another Person’s Shoes


We hear the phrase all the time: “if only I could walk in another person’s shoes and see their perspective.” Most of the time, our answer is “why would I want to do that?” Yet, wouldn’t it be nice sometimes to walk in the shoes of someone else and understand their worries and thoughts?

Recently, I was working on a project with a colleague. We spent the afternoon together and acted like we normally did. Little did I know, five minutes before meeting me, she had been laid off from her full-time job. Later that same day, she told me what happened and said this afternoon wasn’t the right place to talk and did all that she could to hold in her emotions.

I completely understand a person not wanting to show their true emotions all the time; I do it almost every day. However, when situations like this occur, it is important to remember to always be kind and friendly to others. Because, after all, you never know what is happening in someone’s life. No one will ever get the chance to truly walk in another person’s shoes, but by being considerate, you just might help ease their burdens.




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