Perception, red cart
A popcorn cart somewhere in the Butchart Gardens, Vancouver. October, 2011

 

Being able to see is a gift most of us take for granted. The sense of sight gives us the chance to view the world in all its splendor and natural beauty. Our two eyes become gateways to visual worlds we never before knew existed.

Sometimes though, this gift of sight impels us to make rash judgments of people, things or places around us. We inevitably form first impressions of the things we see. These initial notions we have are sometimes positive, sometimes negative. Oftentimes, it’s these first moments of encounter which make or break potential relationships- whatever type they may be.

Just like an unassuming red popcorn cart right smack in the middle of a park, anybody who happens to be exposed for everyone to feast their eyes on becomes vulnerable and susceptible to all forms of judgment.

When people look at that red popcorn cart, they’ll come up with all sorts of perceptions about it. Some may think that it’s the most beautiful thing they’ve ever laid eyes on, while others may simply look away. Similarly, when you meet someone for the first time, your mind quickly processes what you see, and creates a profile of that person in front of you. When you see a woman sporting flashy jewelry, you’ll instantly think that she’s the ostentatious type.

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But without a cover, how else will we keep an imprint of that book? How can we possibly etch a memory of a person without associating him or her with a particular look?

On a certain scale, because first impressions seem to define how people perceive us, it becomes highly important that we somehow pay close attention to how we look. We should think of ourselves as presents (no matter how shallow) – nobody will give us the time of day if we wrap ourselves in plain brown paper. :/

Today’s verse to ponder: “Stop judging that you may not be judged;  for with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged, and with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2 

Also, remember; people only understand from their level of perception, so it’s not your fault if they only see the inessentials.