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Walk A Mile In My Shoes 
A Song And Way Of Life

For those of you who know me, you should know that I am a bit of an Elvis fan. I have a bunch of Elvis CDs and also my own custom made Elvis jumpsuit that has appeared on stage and at Mardi Gras a few years back. I tend to gravitate to the Elvis music of the 1970s.  I like the stage, theatrics, back up vocals, orchestra, live audiences, and, yes, the flashy jumpsuits.  One song that Elvis performed on stage in the 1970s was "Walk A Mile In My Shoes".  Here is the chorus:

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

The song is all about tolerance, acceptance, and being a better person.  It reminds us to be respectful of others no matter race, religion, economic status, or way of life. 

When some people see me in my courtroom attire, they may think that life is easy and always has been.  Like other people, I also have my own struggles and issues and do my best to make the most out of each day and help others who need my assistance.  Before my legal career took flight, I had other jobs and challenges.  Working since the age of 14, I have assumed and also enjoyed the roles of landscaper, nursery field worker, camp counselor, McDonald's cook / cashier, fire department intern, law clerk, and U.S. Attorney's Office intern.  Each job presented its own challenges.  Believe me when I say that simultaneously cooking / preparing Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, and hamburgers was no easy task.  Hard work is hard work no matter that shoes or position you are filling. 

Just recently on a "casual" Friday, I put in my 12 hours at work and decided to dress down with jeans and my Skecher boots.  Nothing fancy or expensive - just me a bit more casual at work. I had a client come in to get his check from a personal injury settlement. He was wearing the boots of a different nature - the boots of a sailor in the United States Navy.  While he was not wearing fancy shoes either, the boots that he filled every day deserved and commanded my respect.  He was off on deployment to the Middle East for his next assignment. 

Do your best to value the character and uniqueness of others.  Be tolerant and respective.  When you "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", you will see a kid pulling weeds in hot summers to purchase his first truck, a teenager making hamburgers at a speed beyond his normal abilities, and a man who works just about every day dawn to dusk with a goal of helping others. In my future travels, I hope to further discover and appreciate where the shoes of others have taken them and will take them into the future. 

The Good Deed Brigade salutes people out there making the community a better place and inspiring others to do their part as well. 

Remember, wherever you see the Good Deed Brigade, it's all good. 

Good Deed Brigade - Making A Difference
Remember, wherever you see the Good Deed Brigade, 
it's all good.

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