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Sometimes Things Are Not As They Appear

Take a look at the photo above. What do you see?

Illusions surround us every day. Things in our lives may appear one way but be very much different when given a new perspective. I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. So many times I catch myself essentially judging things before taking the opportunity to look at them from many different angles rather than just mine. Not something I’m proud of but we’ve all got something, right? How many times have we seen an overweight person and just assumed they were fat because they were lazy? How many times have we seen a homeless person begging on the street corner and assumed they were a scammer? We make assumptions all the time, ¬†usually without even realizing it! We are trapped in our way of thinking and don’t stop long enough to truly asses things and think about them in a different way. That’s one of the things I love most about Facebook. I could post something like “Man, am I having a really crappy day because my kids are being bad.” and one of my friends will kindly remind me I have 7 healthy, beautiful children…who will be bad on occasion. For me, it helps me keep things in perspective to be kept in check so to speak.

I’m going to challenge you. And I’m taking this challenge myself as well. I challenge all of you to, instead of judging people or situations at face value, to instead take a moment or two to think of things differently than you normally would. And when making judgements about people, be it family, friends or neighbors, judge as you would want to be judged…with kindness and gentleness…because we all know the only people who truly know what is going on in a situation are those involved.

So what did you see in the picture above? Did you see a young woman…or an old woman? Take a minute to see if you can find both of them. It’s great to look at things from a different perspective once in a while!

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