July 4, 2014

What are the 'pebbles' in your shoe?

Write Tribe has come up with an interesting prompt to blog about today. The prompt is based on a book called - The Pebble in the Shoe

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Basically each one of us carries pebbles in our shoes. The pebbles here signify certain thoughts and emotions. From time to time, these pebbles get instilled into our mind and we begin exhibiting these emotions as part of our normal behavior. The key is to help identify which pebbles reside in your shoe right now and how do you overcome them.

An excerpt of the book has been provided by Vidya Sury on her blog - Going-A-Musing. Go on - check it out. I am sure you will find it interesting.

The basic pebbles are identified as follows - 

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So this week, Write Tribe encourages us to retrospect and find out for ourselves – What are the pebbles in our shoe? What obstacles are we trying to overcome right now?

After looking at the chart, I realize there are 4 pebbles stuck in my shoe.
  1. Fear – I fear the unknown. Would I be wrong in guessing that most of us would find this pebble in our shoes? We don’t consciously let this pebble into our lives. I believe situations make us vulnerable to allow the pebble in. When life takes me down unexpected twists and turns, I fear the path up ahead. I fear the destination. I don’t like to state this but sometimes life does make me a pessimist. And that’s when I need my family and friends to be by my side and tell me – ‘It’s going to be ok.’ To overcome this pebble, in the recent years I have tried to change my outlook towards events so as to remove the occasional pessimism from my life.
  2. Anger – For those of you who read this space will know that overcoming this pebble is one of my goals in 2014. Anger – don’t we all exhibit it? I have come across very few people who don’t show anger in their lives. Even if it isn’t anger, we do express disappointment when things don’t work out the way we think them to be. Some possess suppressive anger while others possess expressive anger. Mine has been a combination of both. There are occasions when I let people and situations get the better of me and the result has been my anger. Well not any more. If the reason and person matters, then anger is inevitable. But if both reason and person don’t matter in my life then I have decided to slowly and steadily put away this pebble for good.
  3. Frustration – This has been an occasional visitor in my shoe. While people crib about bad places, roads, customer service or even bad people behavior, they tend to get frustrated. I, on the other hand, don’t get frustrated by these reasons. I get frustrated on my own action. Many a times in life, I have trusted the wrong people in life. The outcome has been a deep back-stab for me. I realize I need to prioritize such people in my life. Although I feel frustration is not bad always. I believe that getting the frustration out helps me to remove it from my system. That way, I don’t suppress my feelings or bottle it up.
  4. Worry – Isn’t this an interesting pebble because accept it or not, we all learn to live with this one. Don’t we worry about our families, friends, jobs, government decisions even our health. At every point in life, we worry. In my case, as meticulous and organized as I am, when things go haywire, I get worried. Life challenges us at every step and as inevitable as it seems, the ‘worry’ pebble gets into our lives.
Writing about this week’s prompt gave me an opportunity to assess myself and made me realize that I need to constantly work on my pebbles in order to improve as an individual.

Tell me, what are the pebbles in your shoe? Do share your thoughts and views.

Yours' truly,
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15 comments:

  1. What a great, evocative concept. I feel my pebbles today, too. Sigh.

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  2. Who doesn't have pebbles in their shoes! That is why it is nice sometimes to just kick off your shoes and go barefeet! Arrived here via Facebook UBC....my post is http://masabicou.com/uzes-market-saturday/ Thanks so much! Jina

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    1. Welcome Jina. You are right - everyone has atleast 2 pebbles in their shoes. But that should not be taken as the end of the world.

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  3. Hey there, Eloquent Mind from NJ :) What an extraordinary metaphore and I love your open truth. Gary Zukov in his book "Seat of the Soul" writes that there are two driving forces in our lives: Love and Fear. If a thought/act/remark is not coming from love (which is easy to identify), it must be fear. So, according to GZ all of the pebbles are manifestations of fear.

    What are my pebbles, hmm ... as a mom and granny, I would say that my biggest worry (perhaps not pebble, but constant grains of sand stuck to my feet in thongs) is for the well-being of my family. And sure, while I get pissed and have a whole rock collection of pet peeves, fortunately anger and jealousy are not part of my life. Good things come with age.
    Thank you for the nudge to ponder ... Lovely post. Good Luck! HUGS <3

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    1. Hi Judy, welcome here and glad to be communicating with you. Thanks for the insights of Gary Zukov's book. :)

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  4. Hmm. I agree with the last point about worry. Like it or not, we live with it. A common pebble I feel.

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  5. Your pebbles are the pebbles of most people as well. Anger and fear are two of my pebbles.

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  6. I have to admit that fear of what others thought of me or my actions for years were a pebble in my shoe. I'd rather not walk with a pebble in my shoe! Thanks for the post.

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  7. This is a wonderful post. Worry is a pebble that I always struggle with ... it is a hard one to remove from the shoe.

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  8. Most of us have these pebbles in our shoes. My biggest one is Worry! I need to throw it out of my shoe ASAP!

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  9. These pebbles have been pricking and agonizing me but have slowly started to dislodged from my psyche.

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