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Perception is Everything.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I have been struggling with thinking about something somewhat interesting to blog about and I think I found the perfect topic.

Perception and Image.

Think about it for just a second with me. How many times do you look at someone/something but yet you take away from it a different perception than the person beside you.

Case in point. Touchy subject, but, Christianity. As some of you who I have been in contact with via blogs know, I was previously employed at a "Christian" school. After everything that I went through during that rough patch, I am now realizing how there is such a skewed perception of Christians and Christianity in general between those who follow in the faith and those who are observers from the outside. Growing up, the Christian fellowship that I was blessed to be a part of was different that what I found here even though both congregations were under the umbrella of "Christian."

What is the difference?

Perception and image. Without getting into nitty gritty for fear of inciting a riot here emoticon the way that people under this umbrella act meets or doesn't meet their perception of what a Christian is.

Whew. I'm moving on from there before I get into some hot water emoticon

How does this relate to anything else? Let me continue.

I had a conversation with a fellow sparker about workout routines and our own self-perception. We may think through this journey that we haven't reached "it" yet. Where is "it" exactly? When will we truly be satisfied with what we have accomplished? It all lies within our perception.

I'm 10lbs over my lowest weight I have ever achieved. And to me, I feel like I "should" weigh less. I have a much more skewed perception of how my body looks compared to how other people view me.

So do you. I promise.

It is much easier to blame, praise, criticize, uplift OTHERS, but what are we so wrapped up in that we can't be truthful and honest about ourselves in all aspects?

Don't believe me that we see ourselves differently than others see us? Watch this: realbeautysketches.dove.

I saw this awhile back, and I thought it was fantastic!

I hope you got something out of reading this, or maybe it was just a touch of randomness that was added to your day. Either way, that's what was on my mind for blogging today!

Quote of the Day:
Beauty isn't about looks, make-up, or clothes. True beauty comes from being yourself. The more you show who you really are, the prettier you will be.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CLPURNELL 6/19/2013 8:30PM

    You are exactly right.

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JAIMESIZED 6/19/2013 8:47AM

    This blog is so true, thank you for sharing!

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HAKAPES 6/19/2013 3:39AM

    I watched the video, too.
Made me reflect on how I see myself.
It took me about a year to change my perception form overweight Oliver to this lean Oliver. Was a slow process.
But probably I look better now, vs. how I see myself now.
However, when I was overweight, my perception was the other way around, I thought I don't look that fat. However, a couple of photos made me change my perception about myself, and triggered me into action.

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BRADMILL2922 6/18/2013 11:57PM

    Great blog! It really is crazy how our perceptions are. I know I struggle at times with my own self perceptions now and it is something I need to work on. Thank you for sharing this. It is something a lot of us struggle with and this is a good reminder that we really should think about how we look at ourselves! Thank you for sharing

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KIMPY225 6/18/2013 5:03PM


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KIM___ 6/18/2013 4:24PM

    I don't think people see us as critically as we see ourselves. And it's because they like/love us.

I like my friends no matter what size and think they look nice. I would never think someone would 'look better' if they lost weight. They look nice as they are. I'm not so good to myself.

The other year I was trying on dresses for an event and I thought I looked horrible in ALL OF THEM! So much so my posture imitated my inner emotions. My daughter told me to quick standing like an Ogress (and doing my 'stance') and to put back my shoulders etc. She also said I looked good in that dress (that I still hate) but it made me realize other people have a better perception of us than we do ourselves.

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