I was pulling into parking space at the gym today and I was certain I was too close to the car next to me and as I was slowly pulling in, I looked up and saw my car in the mirrored window of the building. I had at least two feet between my bumper and the other car. I have no depth perception! Unfortunately, there are many other areas of my life where my perception is not so good.
Perceive as a verb means “to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses” or “to recognize, discern, envision, or understand.”
How many times do we meet someone and automatically judge the person or think we know something about them just by looking at them or talking to them?
Another example of this also happened to me this morning. There is a young lady at our gym who by looking at her you would assume she has an eating disorder. She is very toned but extremely thin. Upon speaking to her this morning, she shared that she has problems with her pituitary gland and cannot stop losing weight. My perception was wrong.
We are all guilty of this. However, the most detrimental area of our skewed perception is that of ourselves. We look in the mirror and see every flaw, wrinkle, crease and roll. Instead of looking at ourselves as amazing creatures with infinite miracles happening under our skin, we poke, prod, sigh and sometimes cry at the image staring back at us.
How do we break the cycle?
I recently heard an interview with a nutrition counselor and she said she has each of her clients recite a positive phrase about themselves while looking in the mirror. They are to do this for 30 days and after that 30 days, their body image should change.
Try it for yourself! Here are some examples, but feel free to come up with your own!
Remember, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”