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Thursday, April 18, 2013

During my recent trip through the US.........a road trip from Illinois through the south to New Orleans and back..........I interacted and observed quite a variety of people.

What seemed to me to be the most important features in understanding the person was
1) Their demeanor (facial expressions) and verbal expressions (word choice, tone of voice)
2) Their grooming
3) Their clothing choices

It certainly wasn't their weight. Yes, someone very different from the norm (excessively thin or excessively large) would be observable because they are just that.....different from the physical norm. My only judgement there would have been for potential health problems......not rejecting them for it, just as data.

Of course, when travelling, one is not really trying to make lasting relationships. Basically a traveler is looking out for their own well-being, comfort, and safety. They are dealing with first impressions and quick decisions.

I have placed so much importance on weight, shape, and fitness level. I guess these observations make me think that is a little misguided. Don't get me wrong.....I am all for health and feeling fit. Of course that improves the quality of my life. I just think other things may be more important if what we are really trying to do is relate better to other people.

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  • A*L*P*
    I love this! What an awesome observation! You're so very right. I think that (at least with me) I end up getting quite self conscious of stupid things that the average Joe wouldn't even bat an eye at. Thank you for sharing your insight!
    1830 days ago
    Other things are much more important, but it takes an aware person to see past the exterior - congrats for your progress!
    1831 days ago
    What a great observation! Sometimes it takes stepping out of our ordinary life to get a new perspective on things. Glad you had some "aha" moments that challenge old ways of thinking!
    1831 days ago
    So true!
    1832 days ago
    Very good point!!! We could all do well to focus on the really important qualities in each of us!
    1832 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 9:01:30 AM
  • MRSVK11
    You are absolutely right, weight, shape, and fitness level are definitely not what should be defining us as a person. Are we good, kind and thoughtful human beings are the important questions.
    Sounds like a fantastic road trip hope you had a blast!
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    1832 days ago
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