I have a wonderful friend and former co-worker. He was in his 70’s when we first met one another. With wisdom and an ornery sense of wit, he has been a delight in my life. Over the years, I’ve stayed several times in his home and met most of his family.
Among many other things, there was something in particular that I always respected him for…and it might surprise you.
He wore his undershirts inside out.
Some may chalk up that behavior to elderly eccentricity, but I saw that there was a foundation of unpretentious pragmatism behind it all.
He found the seams sewn into t-shirts and socks bothersome–so why not wear them inside out? Who cares what it looks like or how it was designed? No one sees it anyway, and it worked better for him that way.
A simple decision, really, and yet somehow bold as well. He was unconcerned with expectations and intent and design. He was going with what works, he was living life his way (while also being a heartfelt follower of Jesus Christ).
I smiled to myself just the other day. I have a pair of socks with an especially obtrusive seam.
So what did I do? I turned them inside out.
Hey, I’m no fool; I recognize wisdom when I see it…even if the rest of the world may think it’s upside-down, backwards, or inside out.