Nathalie Quintane--from Shoes, p.7

I see myself, having learned to undertake intellectual activity only at the moment of shoe-tying. Every time that I tie my shoes, a flurry of propositions occur to me, which I duly note--having taken note I undo the laces, which I will redo forthwith, to encourage new ideas.
I will have learned to tie them slowly.
Perhaps the ideas proper to shoe-tying will come about as such, a thought process following the five stages: 1. I draw up the laces. 2. I pass the tip of one over the next. 3. I tie the first bow. 4. I tie a second and 5. I tighten.

When the bow is almost finished, I make sure to pull it tight, so that it won't come undone.