(a few instagram moments from the last two weeks…if you want to follow along there we are ‘beachyscene’.)
i’ve been thinking a lot about seeing and believing.
i’ve been thinking that maybe we base too much of our beliefs on another’s opinions and stances than we do on what we really think and believe for ourselves.
and, then other times, we base what we believe on what we don’t see.
(before i go any further, i’m not being controversial on religious matters.
this is just a thought process that has stemmed from some inner turmoil i’ve experienced in the recent past that is really rooted in nothing more than little things. i’m not wavering in my Christian beliefs. period. these thoughts are more along the, (ahem) carnal lines.)
like if i showed you a bottle of nail polish called ‘wet cement’ would you buy it?
would you think to yourself ‘wet cement? really? i prefer not to look like the neighborhood sidewalks, thank-you-very-much.’
what if you saw a picture of someone’s toes painted a color that you thought looked SO pretty and ohmyword! i have GOT to have the color for myself and then you found out it was called, none other than: wet cement.
would you still think it wasn’t something you wanted to try for yourself?
or, what if you saw a girl walking down the street wearing an outfit that you thought was kind of tacky?
and, then, you saw a girl that you very much admire and look up to as a style-icon wearing an outfit exactly like the aforementioned tacky dresser on the street.
would you change your view, or, still think ‘nice for you, but blech for me.’
what about the new ‘it’ t.v. series that seemingly ‘everyone’ is watching and talking about.
do you watch it because you’ve seen the previews and it looks soooo good, and because everyone else is watching it, and if they’re doing it, then i should too!
or do i check it out once, and actually, it really doesn’t interest me and i’m fine with not being in the ‘know’ on this one?
so you see your friend every Sunday and every Sunday she tells you ‘i thought of you so many times this week’.
and, you think to yourself, ‘really? because i would never have known it, so that’s rather hard for me to believe’.
but, then, midweek, the mail contains a little postcard with nothing more than a few lines saying ‘you’re in my thoughts today and i wanted to let you know,’ and, you see the proof for yourself and you realize that you do believe her words.
and, sometimes, it seems to me, that we see too much and are bombarded with too many options of what we should claim for ourselves in this day and age of social media.
i googled some quotes on ‘seeing is believing’ and here are a few i found thought provoking….
You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.
Seeing is different than being told.
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.
~the conductor on The Polar Express
The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deceptions.
~Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
~Phillip K. Dick
and, that folks, was FREE.
if you get what you pay for then….
you really should not feel like you got jipped, right?!
what do you think?