For the past 15 years or so, I have suffered from a condition called peripheral neuropathy, apparently resulting from a one-time vitamin B12 deficiency that caused deterioration of the nerve sheathings in my feet, which caused the nerves in my feet to die. So basically, I have no feeling in my feet.
Besides just being weird, this has created a series of other problems with my feet.
The old familiar hymn encourages us to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one”. That’s actually not a bad idea. When the economy is in a slump, and gas prices are high, and lots of people are out of work, it’s easy to become pessimistic.