July 21, 2016

It's all about the Shoes! … by Jocelyn Faire

The concept of The Journey has intrigued me for the past decade. Foot shots in over a dozen countries have been a way for me to keep track of the pilgrimage and to say: I was here, I have walked in this place. 
Any journey of significance begins with the step of daring to dream, followed closely by the courage step. Courage is what ties up the laces of desire's boots to give stability to wavering ankles.                                                
Those boots get us to walk on the path we have been called to, or the path that has chosen us. 

While the Psalm 37 tells us that "the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord," we still have to pay heed to those orders and get up off the chair and move, or pick up the pen to write, or sign up for that class.
In 2009 after a series of events in life, I began to pursue a long time dream to live in another country.  What began as a longing to relocate to Australia, needed the courage to make the inquiries, to pursue the goal and file the paperwork. And that pursuing of a dream has changed my life to help me realize that I could do it. While in the land down under, I took my first writing course. 
I realize relocating countries is a major step, and many smaller steps are needed to make that happen. Life is full of daily decisions to choose courage, to choose to conquer the fear that would hold us back. 

It's all about the shoes …
Cement Blocks
Cement blocks, ill fitting shoes
Doubt on the left
Fear on the right
Laced with guilt
It is hard to walk
Harder to dance
Impossible to fly
   Barefoot she skipped ahead.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.  Anaïs Nin       

Cement Blocks was previously printed in my May 2014 blog.
Jocelyn is author of Who is Talking Out of My Head?  and blogs at


  1. Love the pictures of shoes! I like to take photos of my footprints in the sand whenever I'm in a different place where there's sand. Fear certainly is something that can hold us back. Good for you that you persevered and realized your dream.

  2. Loved your poem, and Bravo for overcoming your fear and moving forward. You are an inspiration.

  3. As a shoe person I LOVE these photos. What a brilliant idea.

  4. Love this: "Courage is what ties up the laces of desire's boots to give stability to wavering ankles." May God give us all the courage we need to move forward in the path He has for us.

  5. Thank you for the encouragement!

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  7. I've been a shoe fan also. Right now, however, I am wearing a black, clunky velcroed boot, as I had a bunion removed three days ago. I love your poem about shoes, which fits in beautifully with Anais Nin's wise words. Thanks for this blog, Jocelyn Faire.


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