Weekly Writing Challenge – Leave Your Shoes At The Door

This week, we’re asking you to consider things from a different point of view — to walk a mile in someone’s shoes. Leave your moccasins and bunny slippers at the door, and tell us a tale from a fully-immersed perspective that is not your own.

My choice for different shoes are those of the immigrant that comes to work in the United States. We all know there is a lot of people who see the united States as well as other developed countries their way to make a better life. The truth is that in developed countries the panorama of supporting industries and jobs is so much wider than in developing or third world countries.

People get very agitated about the fact that these non-Americans swoop in to fill so many jobs, but why not? In many cases the jobs stay available because many Americans will not do the work. Think about the farm jobs, for instance. Picking fruits and vegetables is a hot and strenuous job. The pay may not be so great and if the payoff is not considered enough people will not turn out for the position.

This is where the immigrants fill the gap and work long hours for grateful farmers with lots of acres and few offspring to handle the workload. We all know the birth rate is much different now than it was in the 1800s, when agriculture was king. The need for labor is still there, but the available family members are not.

Before you think this is a political treatise about illegal immigration, let me assure you it is not. If the immigrants follow the process to get their green cards i do not see any issue with filling the needs of the agriculture or any other industry. What if Mexico was the world power, wouldn’t we want the opportunity to immigrate there for work?

I think about the way the immigrants feel. They come from the home where they are comfortable to another country to do the work we want completed and then some people resent them. Why? Because of prejudice? Because their skin is different or their speech is foreign? Aren’t they God’s creation too?

We all have opportunities to expand our consciousness and realize others want what we do, a home, a job and to provide for their family. To have different expectations or limitations for others is the definition of discrimination in my opinion. I try to look at it as if they are just doing what I am, trying to live a good life, doing what I am trained to do.

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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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5 Responses to Weekly Writing Challenge – Leave Your Shoes At The Door

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  4. I am with you 100% on this Joe! Well said!

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