20 February 2010

Taut shoes theory of Bliss

A friend once said , when things are not going for you , when it has not  been your day , month or year  and you feel like letting go ….you need to buy a pair of shoes one size smaller.

That way , he said , at least when you remove them at the end of the day , (or multiple times if you choose to),  you will experience a moment of relief . Of bliss. 

Now reflect on it for a moment. 

Don’t we all have our “pair of tight shoes” that we feel as a prerequisite to feel blissful. Be it buying a Ferrari or a house . Career progression or your children’s achievements . There exists a goal,  one needs  to reach , for one to feel happy. 

Don’t we all have a special place, be it a beach a park or a café , that we need to be in , to feel tranquil . 

Yet the more I ponder , it dawns to me that  happiness is a state of mind and not a reward for attaining an end. So it is with tranquility . 

So may it may be , that the tight shoe method is not so inane after all. All you have to do is to condition your self to feel content …just like that…and you will be


  1. Great post! I have actually been feeling unsatisfied with life of late due to not achieving these material things as soon as i wanted, yet i know i need to stop and look at the meaning of happiness and indeed wear tight shoes for a day!!!!

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