Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Question of the Week

"Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again." With that, I'm going to try a second Question of the Week while I'm away, even though the first one flopped as a conversation starter.

  • How do people perceive you, and how do their perceptions differ from reality?


At 11/16/2005 12:15:00 PM, Blogger latinaliz said...

Ok I'll bite. They say perception is reality but its not. Many people perceive me as a strong woman who doesn't get hurt easily because of what I've been through in life. But that's false. I am VERY sensitive and I think BECAUSE of what I've gone through, I've become in touch with people's pain and emotions. Someone once told me "I want to know your fears because you don't seem to have any..." that's also not true. I have lots of fears but I do what I do in spite of them and that's the only difference...some people get paralyzed by their fears or the past and some use that as motivation to keep going. These are the perceptions I mostly hear but I am sure there are other perceptions that I haven't heard (and maybe don't want to :-) )...On another note, I just saw your dad this Saturday by E Broadway and thought I had a vision but as it turns out it WAS him, I heard he bought over there. Good for him. You thinking of moving to the LES?

At 11/18/2005 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous [rhymes with kerouac] said...

I try to project self-confidence in everything I do, but the truth is, half the time I'm not sure how I'm going to get things done.

I suspect most of my friends and co-workers have a better handle on who I am than I do, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that's true for most of us.

That is true for most us, right?

At 11/18/2005 02:46:00 PM, Blogger urBenLA said...

I think people see me (my perception of other's perception of me) as an outgoing, up front, edgy, progressive sort of guy and the outgoing, up front guy -- the jokes and bravado are what I do out of my own incomfortability with being the one everyone's looking at. The edgy and progressive, that's who I wish I was (or how I was brought up), but my parents are the most normal rural church people you'll ever meet (life hasn't been easy financially, but home has always been safe). I'm far from the perception.

But the real me that those are around me all the time see, is the introverted, stand off to the side unless I know you pretty well, just-want-to-be-alone guy. I look and talk relevant, but I feel traditional and timeless. I feel like at 30 my age of relevancy has come and gone and my flock is all younger than I (and yet they continue to listen to/share with me). I fear people will figure out I'm a sinner and won't let me preach, that I've looked lustfully at women and only let me minister to men, that I don't do devotions each day, sometimes curse, would like to wreck into people sometimes just to get them off the road. I think seeing inside my head would fear each of those who think they know me and in some ways I value the perception they see as opposed to my own self-perception.

Perception is not reality, perception is only valued on earth and in the hearts and minds of man. God treasures our reality, who we are on the inside and what we feel. And I think sometime's it's easy to get wrapped up striving to be that perception rather than being open about the truth of who we really are. And the truth is always harder, but there's so much freedom in truth.

At 11/18/2005 09:29:00 PM, Blogger Matthew Kruse said...

Everyone thinks I'm a white boy, but I'm just as Hispanic as you... just with Germany rather than Norway supplying the other half.


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