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Twisted perceptions . . .

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Robertson Davies

Please tell me that I am not alone in this! This happened to me in the past week. I was getting ready to go to a party. I had showered, washed, dried and curled my hair. My make-up was not overly done because that is not me, but just done in my every day style to hide my imperfections and try to highlight what I ''perceive" as my better attributes. I scoured my closet for what I "perceived" as the perfect outfit. Going out the door, I glanced in a mirror only to see my "perception" of my imperfect legs poking from underneath my dress. My perception was that they are too chubby, not firm enough, and I have far more cellulite than I desire. Anybody else?? LOL!

Off we went to the party! I was still not feeling at my best because of looking in that dang mirror on my way out the door - BTW, who invented the mirror?! I think we would all be better off without them though my lipstick applications might be a bit off, but I wouldn't know because I couldn't see it and therefore my "perception" of perfection would be less, or would it?

At the party, I love the folks who truly enjoy taking all the pictures documenting all of the party goers antics. I am NOT that person and I typically regret that I forgot to get those in the moment shots. As those lovely reminders of the beautiful party begin to pop up on social media, I immediately began to browse through all the memories of the fun afternoon. I am full of jovial giggles remembering the moments, until - gasp, I see that dreaded pic of me! I quickly look to my dismay to view my "imperfect chubby, cellulite-ridden legs poking from underneath my dress" only to see that what I viewed in that nasty mirror on my way out the door was not what showed up in the picture! What?!!! Seriously, how could this be?

Does anyone else have these imperfect ideas of what we "perceive" only to find out it's completely untrue? Maybe, just maybe, this is also true for how we "perceive" others? Maybe, it is a good idea to take a step back and evaluate our "ill-conceived perceptions" both of ourselves, and also of others in our lives? Maybe it is time for us to begin to have a softer perception and possibly begin to try and view the world with the proverbial "rose-colored glasses" so that we can offer others a more unconditional love. It's a good idea to keep in mind that God created us in His beautiful image and that as women, we are his "crowning glory!" We need to try and remind ourselves daily of the beauty that lives within us as well as all around us and be grateful for the ability to create a new perception of His beauty, both in us and in others.

What we perceive is strictly in the mind's eye. How we perceive others is a reflection of ourselves.

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