Well, one – when I signed up for NaBloPoMo they said everyone would understand if there were days I was less than brilliant.
Two – it’s NaBloPoMo and I have committed to posting something every day and if I write a deeply spiritual and insightful post every day I am in danger of taking myself too seriously.
And three – I really do enjoy this particular sock and shoe combination and it makes me happy any chance I have to wear them. And isn’t happiness what spirituality is all about?
Furthermore, what is wrong with writing about shoes and socks? Nothing, absolutely nothing.
I know for the most part in the world’s spiritual traditions fashion has not been a main concern. In fact, nuns and monks the world over wear the same thing every day whether it be the black and white of the quintessential Catholic nun, the drab brown of the Franciscan friars, the vibrant scarlet of the Tibetan lamas or the Ocher orange robes of India. But I think those outfits are just intended to help the wearers stay focused on God and not worry so much about what they are wearing or what their fellow nuns and monks are wearing. It doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the average householder enjoying a creative fashion choice or two.
As long as we keep things in the right perspective, most things in life are ok to be enjoyed – in fact, I think God would like for us to enjoy all the marvelous options of garments, accessories and footwear in His creation, as long as we don’t get too imbalanced or whacky about it. If you are so attached and identified to fashion that you won’t leave the house unless you are picture perfect or you judge others for not wearing the latest trends, I think we can all agree that is not a good thing. But if you simply enjoy expressing your creativity and your individuality through the clothes that you wear, great. I don’t think God created us all so different because She wants us to all be the same.
So, I don’t think there is anything inherently un-spiritual about fashion. Shoes and socks are a perfectly good and joyful thing. That being said, for anyone who spends over $500 on a single pair of shoes – I challenge you to donate that same amount to your favorite charity. Just sayin’.
Ok – today my friend Teza (aka Lord Flea) wore this bold combination of shoes and socks to church. I applaud her fashion choice! Since wordpress does not allow photos in the comments, I am adding it here. If anyone else has a shoe and sock combo you’d like to share, please email them to me and I will post! Enjoy!