Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes

Sometimes when we are interacting with someone we can become judgmental; or we can begin to think that a situation is different from what it really is; or we can become frustrated with other people.

We often have no idea what’s going on in other people’s lives, or what impact our approach is having on others. There is much benefit in considering what it’s like for the other person we’re dealing with. They may have financial or health issues; or there could be a difficult situation at home; or they may be under pressure in the workplace. There are a myriad of things that can be influencing the way anyone is behaving, or what their desires are.

An effective approach is to ‘Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes’. By swinging the perspective around, and walking in their shoes for a moment, we often get to see much more. Such an approach can allow the energetic between the other person and us to flow. We start to communicate with more empathy and understanding, and we can quickly arrive at solutions to potential problems.

If you’re involved in an uncomfortable interaction with someone, or things aren’t flowing easily between you and the other person, ‘Walk a mile in their shoes’ and be open to viewing life from their perspective.