The Images Before Us
Do you ever just feel bombarded by images? Images that aren’t bad, but seem to leave you feeling in a funk? Ever since I have started reading blogs, causally perusing Pintrest and even doing more online shopping (for clients) I find my mind filled with the ideal. Filled with staged shots. Images that aren’t reality. Images that leave me feeling wanting.
Like I came across this kitchen last night while hopping from one blog to the next. My ideal kitchen.
Wait, just a few months ago, I remember blogging about how I was so blessed to have a kitchen I love. Oh yeah.
This is just one silly example. I could list 1,000. I let an insane amount of images into my mind and before I know it starts to affect my contentment. I recently read Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity and it had me really thinking about this area. In regards to what we as women are currently battling against in our culture, Moore says,
“Most of our great-great-grandmothers had access to compare themselves to a few hundred women in their lifetime. We can now throw ourselves up against tens of thousands if we are willing-and apparently most of us are. We’ve got travel, television, the internet, magazines, books, billboards, movies, storefronts, advertisements, camera, videophones, texting, sexting and twittering. We’d better step it up if we want to compete…”
She goes on to say, “the primary point, however, is that we no longer feel inferior to 10 women the way our great-grandmothers might have. We feel inferior to thousands.”
Exactly Beth! And deep down, we know comparing ourselves is pointless (however we are constantly tempted to do so) but we also compare our realities to the ideals presented to us in magazines, blogs, Pinterest etc…and we start to “feel inferior to thousands.”
There are some real root issues here. We as women need to work through our insecurities and our propensity to compare oursleves to others. I feel like one way we can help alleviate some of these feelings is to evaluate the images we are putting before us.
I am starting to do this.
What benefit is there in my looking at 1,000 kitchens I love if I have no plans to re-do a kitchen I already really like?
Just some raw thoughts. Not all neatly wrapped up, what are your raw thoughts?
Would love to hear from you.