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Perception Is A Funny Thing

I was talking to one of my BFFs today and she said something that struck me. She told me that she thought I was strong. Her perception of me is so different than what I think of myself. The thing is that I feel she is incredibly strong and I don’t know how she went through the things she has and survived so well. She doesn’t view herself that way either.

It seems like when we go through trials we just do it because there aren’t many options. You do it or you die. It’s simple in some ways and yet so complicated. In my ups and downs, there were times where dying seemed like the better option. But God has a plan. I still don’t know what it is, but I’m learning more each day.

But don’t you find it interesting that you can tell someone they’re so strong and courageous and they look at you like you’re nuts? And you feel the same at times during difficult circumstances. I suppose when we’re so entangled in the drama and emotional upheaval that we can’t be objective and see that it’s really amazing that we’re functioning at all. We may just be going through the motions, but sometimes that’s more than anyone else expected of us.

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2 thoughts on “Perception Is A Funny Thing

  1. I’ve noticed this too…I don’t think I’m all that strong, but other people think I am…I guess most of us keep our deepest, darkest feelings hidden from the vast majority of people we come into contact with.

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