Take Off Your Heels and Stay Awhile!


“Mom, you have your heels off!” this from my daughter. She turned to her friend “That means my mom is really relaxed. She usually has her shoes on.”

It’s true. Practically the minute I get out of bed I put my shoes on. It’s a thing I do. I have to be ready for what comes my way, for the day.

Having my heels on says “She’s ready. She’s armed. She can do this thing called life!”

And my kids have realized this: Mom rarely takes her heels off – there’s always something to do, somewhere to be, something to think.

But right now I have my heels off. I have taken off my heavy backpack, kicked off my trusty ‘buy one get one half off’ Payless heels that take me through the streets of Boston, from home to work to church to people. I have a son and daughter-in-law visiting and time away from work. There is time to rest and read; time for long, sunset walks and sleeping in, time to reflect and pray.

A time to remember my “God-given desire for the Divine”.

Taking off our heels and staying awhile is a gift and I know that. I will cherish this and soak in the moments.

So this weekend, whereever you are – I hope you can take off your heels and stay awhile.

O Lord Jesus Christ, open Thou the eyes of my heart, that I may hear Thy word and understand and do Thy Will, for I am but a sojourner upon the earth- St John Chrysostom

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3 thoughts on “Take Off Your Heels and Stay Awhile!

  1. The older I get, the more conscious I am of how important it is to be fully present in the moment, with the people around us. So if it means taking off your shoes, heels or other wise, that’s what we need to do. I also think it is a good thing to turn off the social media gadgets. With Ipads and smart phones always on, we lose the specialness of time together. Love the picture of your Rockport table and mug and books! Thanks for the good post.

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  2. Love it! I make a point of taking my work clothing off as soon as I arrive home. It mentally and spiritually prepares me to say “This is now a time of rest and rejuvenation.”

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    1. This is exactly what I need to start doing Kris! Thanks for that suggestion! Love how you describe this physical reminder that you no longer have to be “on” and that act moving you into mental relaxation.

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