From The Storyteller
May 13, 2019, Why?
“So you repair shoes?” The beginning of many of my daily conversations. “No, my kind of Shoemaker is dedicated to helping repair souls, not shoes.” Typical response, “That’s interesting.” At this point I quickly explain, “Shoemaker Society is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, and because it’s wholly and totally supported by its board of directors, you can’t give me money” (this usually brings a smile). I add, “We have no pews to fill” (now their look shifts to curiosity) and then add, “We have no committees, no meetings, no dues, and no membership rolls” (smile returns).
“So what does a Shoemaker do?” This is where I point out that much of the time, life does not go the way we want, and when it’s going well something happens to change it. Since I have no way of knowing the inner thoughts of the people I encounter, I make a Shoemaker assumption that every person I meet has some burden, and my purpose is to somehow ease that burden. What I have to give may only be a friendly smile, an honest complement, or an offer to buy their coffee. I figure if they’re having a tough day, every little bit helps, and if not, so much the better.
Simple definition: To ease someone’s burden is good, and to add to their burden is bad. The Shoemaker’s daily business is simply doing good.
Years ago I wrote, “I am convinced that to live the way Jesus taught – being generous, forgiving and not carrying bitterness, having compassion for others, pursuing peace in every situation, being honest with all people , and listening to the wisdom of others – is the better way.” I signed it and gave copies to my children.
I’m still convinced.
Moral: Live the better way and do good. There are Shoemaker opportunities everywhere.