Aging? Lack of exercise? Sign of neurological disease? Those were all the possible causes I considered as the cause for my recent difficulty walking. Should I tell my medical doctor, opening myself to endless tests?
The medical puzzle got solved when an acquaintance looked down at my black shoes and did a double take. "You have two different shoes on," she gasped, then burst out laughing. I looked down. I was wearing one shoe with a heel, another was a clog.
Apparently, I had left the New Haven Zen Center in Connecticut with someone else's shoe. The ritual is that we enter the center by the back door, take our shoes off, and then place them on a shoe rack. The light is dim. Next we climb the narrow stairs, put on our robes over our clothes (much like the priest in the Roman Catholic Church), park ourselves on a cushion, and meditate. My mantra is breath in, "Clear Thinking," breath out, "Don't Know."
I put a notice on website of the New Haven Zen Center. Today I will bring someone else's shoe and just leave it on the rack. I may or may not get my own shoe back. If I don't, I will write that off as an investment in enlightenment. Since I am an independent contractor I wonder is the loss is tax-deductible for my 2013 return?