Happy New year!- The Red Shoes

First, let me wish you all a Great New Year!  2011 is an opportunity for all of us to dig deep inside and try to find ourselves, our true selves.  One of the things I have been observing is the change in thinking of our entire country.  Somehow, we have lost the spark that sets us apart from the rest of the world, the reason we exist at all…FREEDOM!

And, we have lost that personal knowledge that the “Buck Stops Here”, with us!  Our country is what we have created.  We live in our own reality.  Mostly, it is apathy that has caused our decline.  We are too comfortable in our over indulgent lifestyles and therefore fail to see that we are giving away our power by doing nothing to change our own circumstances.

When President Obama ran his campaign on change, many of us actually thought that he meant it.  However, we didn’t know that our “it” and his “it” were two different things.  We really didn’t listen very well, or read between the lines.  We sat back and thought, “let him do it.”  Well, he certainly went about doing “It”.  His version of “It”.  It certainly is not what we really wanted.  Now we are in a big pile of crap!  We got what we asked for, CHANGE!

If you get a chance to read the story called, “The Red Shoes”, please do so.  It is a simple story told around the world in many ways and in many languages and is still pertinent today– Perhaps more so than ever before.  The gist of the story is that this young girl goes to live with a distant relative after being orphaned.  In some stories she is an urchin taken in by a rich dowager.  However she gets there, she is brought into this beautiful home to live.  She is fixated with getting a pair of red shoes.  She wants a pair of red shoes more than anything else.  Soon, she is given a pair of red shoes.  However, upon putting them on, she immediately starts dancing.  It is not her will, but the shoes that is dictating what she does.  The dowager manages to get the shoes off her feet and they are put away.  She is told never to put them on again.  (I don’t know why they were not thrown away, but they weren’t).  She is obsessed with those shoes.  Finally, the urge to put them on becomes too great and she gives in to the temptation.

She puts on the wonderful red shoes.  Immediately she starts dancing.  She can’t stop dancing.  She dances out the door, down the road, and disappears into the woods still dancing and crying for someone to help her by cutting off her feet.  The story leaves you with the thought that she will spend the rest of her life dancing until her body will no longer functions.  Surely she had no idea that these simple pair of red shoes would be her end.  Surely she did not think that her compulsion would take over and control her life in such a way.  (The story is quoted in Clarissa Pinkola  Estes’ book, “Women Who Run With the Wolves”, where she discusses the implications of the story).

The old addage, “Be careful what you ask for because you might get it!”, probably came from that story.  Make sure that what you really want comes from the heart and that it is for the right reasons.  And, be careful what you ask for, because you actually might get it.  If this is not a case for critical thinking, I don’t know what is.

Here is to change, (change we really want), and new beginnings and opportunities.



~ by womenstudycenter on January 1, 2011.

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