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Well Shod

BY Lisa Lindblad

November 15, 2016

I have a collection of shoes gathered over the course of many years from around the world. They are exotic, beautiful, charming, odd. That is part of their appeal, but they have a deeper meaning for me. They are a reminder that man was, originally, a walker.  Long before he settled in the Fertile Crescent and began domesticating plants and animals, long before he built dwellings anchored in the earth, long before he began HIS collections – of things and of money – he moved from pasture to pasture, from highland to lowland, across sand and snow, hunting, gathering and, eventually, herding, leaving nigh a footprint on the land.

The Nomad, Rimbaud’s man with soles of wind; the Traveler, restless and curious, devouring the earth.

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There may be a creeping sameness to the world, but just beneath the monotony lie cultures painted with their own colors and styles.

In each corner of the earth people stand in their own grace, carrying traces of the history that is their own story, unique and remarkable.

It is for this that we must travel.

 

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Meditations #87