We Don’t Do It For Money, But New Shoes Might Be Nice

Good dawning and day to thee, friends!

For lo and behold, we have already reached mid-April, or as Shakespeare may have kindly noted for us — the midst of National Poetry Month.

Accordingly then, here is one for the creators among us. Those who add the color, rhythm, and inspiration to our lives — the poets, writers, artists, musicians, designers, and such.

Tongue firmly in cheek, of course.  Somewhat.

We Don’t Do It For Money, But New Shoes Might Be Nice


Writers and artists don’t make much, sadly true.

Can’t even afford to buy shoe repair glue.

Yet, before this day is over and done,

I’d like to go out and have some great fun.


But what things to do with these holes in my shoe?

While ideas are many, options seem few.

I’d like to dress up in style,

And dance around for a while.


To Karaoke, carouse, laugh, and make merry,

Purposefully jaywalk and do something contrary!

And then to have a nice dinner, dessert, and stiff drinks,

All rather unlikely with these holey shoes, methinks.


So, here all alone tonight writing more poetry and prose,

Staring down in despair at holey shoes and old toes.

As mentioned in the beginning, this fun little piece is intended as a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, but when you truly find your passion and purpose in life, whatever the calling may be, then money becomes secondary if even a consideration at all.

I write because that is me, who I am, and give as many or more books away for enjoyment than sell. And why this blog is non-monetized and will remain so, to avoid bothersome buffering and distractions for visitors.

Writing for fame and fortune was never a thought, and why I have never been motivated to “write to a market” or “write what is trending.” I write what comes into my head and feel moved to write, hoping that someday in some way it may help to make a positive difference in the world.

Of course, money is a necessary thing, for purchasing new shoes if nothing else. And anyone who has gone thru life with constantly growing little ones trailing behind them is sure to know all about that!

But it cannot be the end all, be all.  There must be something more, or we will be destined to spend our lives in the shallow end of the pool. Because certainly, life must be deeper and hold greater meaning than what can be expressed on a balance sheet or portfolio.

Have you found your true purpose and calling? Life becomes much simpler and more enjoyable when you have.  Sometimes it is best to stop chasing, simply sit quietly, and let your purpose and passion come to you, as they always will.

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10 thoughts on “We Don’t Do It For Money, But New Shoes Might Be Nice

  1. Every writer can relate to your poem. You are absolutely right, if you are writing for the wrong reasons – to get rich or fame and glory (and good luck with that!) you will never last. Writing is something you do to make a difference, as you pointed out, and because writing is a passion and you can’t visualize doing anything else. Great poem and blog!

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    • Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments, Julie! The term “writer” sounds so glamorous, but the reality of it is really hard work if wanting to do it well. Kind of like playing guitar or any other instrument. To “play” it is not that hard. To master the instrument and play it very well takes commitment and a great deal of lifetime effort. All the best success for you with your own recent Amazon book release “I’m Your Daughter, Julie: Caring for a Parent with Dementia” and work! 🤠🐻❤️


  2. What a wonderful post James, and very needed for all.
    You’re so right when you say, “It’s not about the money.” When one finds their passion, they often find themselves feeling shocked at times to even consider what they are doing is their actual job. I found that to be the case for me many times.
    Everyone has a special quality in them. Once they find it and run with it, it’s amazing.
    Best wishes to you and Little Red Bear always. 🙂

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    • Thanks for visiting with us, Rosie! I have found thru personal experience over the years, that life is much better and more enjoyable making little while loving what you do than to make much while dreading every moment. For me, and speaking only for me, whatever money can buy is not worth the trade-off, not even close. Also speaking for Little Red Bear too, I suppose. He agrees. 🤠🐻


  3. It’s not about the money, though all coins are welcome -:D. Thanks for the lovely poem, Jim. btw…I met Leo Buscaglia back in the day when I was in college and he came to speak to our group. What a dynamic fellow!

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    • Thanks for visiting with us, Cat! I first learned of Leo Buscaglia thru his appearances on Public Television years ago, and have been an ardent fan of his message and work ever since. What a wonderful experience to have met him!

      One of my favorite quotes from him (among many!) is — “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” 🤠🐻❤️


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