Saturday March 2, 2013

 

(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.
~Denis Waitley

Seeing is different than being told.
~African proverb

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?!

so…
what do you think?

~Rachel

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8 thoughts on “Saturday March 2, 2013

  1.          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 agree with that, very much.It’s crazy how we are sometimes.. how our minds work…how we learn to like something because it is the style of someone that we love. I like also, tho, how we can be ‘unique’ to ourselves and be our own person too. we each have our own styles and talents and should not be ashamed to own them and live them — and just BE who WE are.not sure really,  if that was quite what you were writing about…. but that’s what I’ve been thinking about. šŸ™‚

  2. I have a nail polish that might could be classified as wet cement . . .ha!I do this sometimes, see something, make a snap judgment then later change my mind after seeing it from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s a shame on me moment, and sometimes it’s a pleasant surprise. This makes me think of leggings as pants. Seeing one gal wearing leggings as pants doesn’t seem appropriate but on another girl it looks totally okay. Either way I’m not wearing leggings as pants.  šŸ˜‰

  3. I love that picture. Mason jars and white tulips make me so happy.I often have an idea about fashion and will deem something weird or outdated and then along comes a snazzy gal that proves me wrong and i become a believer!  The problem with me lies not in the proof of seeing but in the simplicity of believing. I tend to make everything complicated.

  4. Doesn’t this have something to do with a sense of inner security?Sure, I love to “see” what other people are doing, but I like when it sparks creativity, not peer pressure to become like…..   Doesn’t a secure person stand for their own personal style/opinions?  I love to see when a person is willing/free to “go against the flow”….not just for the sake of being different, but because that’s *who*they*are*.  Good thoughts provoking post Rachel.

  5. Hmmm, this really gets me thinking…I especially like your thoughts about being your own person, about being secure and confident right there,whether it’s popular or not, whether an outfit is trendy or not.Not doing things for any other reason other than being secure and living free,even if other people don’t get it.And yes, like you, not compromisingly on the Real-Deal issues, but on those little things….Love this. Love you!

  6. So maybe its not wishy-washy or wrong to change your mind about things (liking them or not, etc.) but maybe we need to examine our motives for changing our minds?  Like, just because someone that I deem as “cool” does something, why should that make it cool?  I enjoyed reading this!!  Very thought provoking.

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