A Great Philosopher Once Wrote…

Socrates once said…

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 399 BC

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, flip-flops would be it.

The long term benefits of flip flops have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your flip-flops; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your flip-flops until they have faded.

But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of your flip-flops and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before them and how fabulous they really looked….

They are not as dangerous as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the flip-flops; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by eating a slice of cake.

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday with your flip-flops


Don’t be reckless with other people’s flip-flops, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on shoes; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with your flip-flops.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old flip-flops, throw away your old shoes.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your flip-flops…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their flip-flops, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of exercise.

Be kind to your flip-flops, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t congratulate your flip-flops too much or berate them either – your flip-flops are half flip, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your flip-flops, use them every way you can…don’t be afraid of them, or what other people think of them, they are the greatest instrument you’ll ever own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read shoe magazines, they will only make your flip-flops feel ugly.

Get to know your flip-flops, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your flip-flops; they are the best link to your past and the things most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that flip-flops come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the flip-flops you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, flip-flops will flip, flip-flops will flop, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young flip-flops were flippy, flip-flops were floppy and children respected their flip-flops.

Respect your flip-flops.

Don’t expect anyone else to support your flip-flops.

Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your flip-flops, or by the time you’re 40, they will look 85.

Be careful whose flip-flops you buy, but, be patient with those who supply them.

Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the flip-flops…”

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

“write a post about any topic you want, in whatever form or genre, but make sure it features a slice of cake, a pair of flip-flops, and someone old and wise.”


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