When Bootstraps Fail, Community Services Inc. Prevails

  Boots can be an incredible asset. They are great for protecting your feet from heavy items. They are great for extra ankle support while hiking. And they are great for keeping your foot safely secured while horseback riding. But what boots are not great for, is helping you pick yourself up. We all know the phrase, “Pick yourself up by your bootstraps.” And if you’ve lived in Texas long enough, you’ve probably even been the recipient of such advice. Yet, although catchy, it actually doesn’t do you any good. While it’s meant to set you up for success, it actually ends up keeping you down.  The problem with this metaphorical advice is twofold. It’s physically impossible to pull yourself up by straps on a boot. Physics won’t let you win – it will favor gravity 100% of the time. Even if (by some miracle) it actually did work, not everyone has access to boots, or straps on their boots…