REALLY?! THIS is what she sees when she looks at me?!
I mean, honestly, all I could see at the moment was some sort of pig that had been bred with a stray cat. (Actually, I still do.)
And for the love of God, what kind of attire is this? I’m not sure. All I know is that I can promise y’all that I’ve never walked around in a coconut bra and a tutu with what appears to be oven mitts on my hands.
But as I balked at the picture, I looked at her sweet, innocent face with those bright eyes shining as she joyfully asked if I liked it and I realized, “She thinks this is beautiful.”
And so do I.
Even though I still don’t see the slightest of resemblance between me and this drawing, I can see one thing:
We all have a different perception of ourselves than those perceived by someone else.
That concept has gotten me through many self-doubting moments.
A lot of times I perceive myself as not good enough, not smart enough, not experienced enough, or just plain not enough to get a freelance job.
But the people who give me opportunities tell me right the opposite.
They tell me they knew immediately after just one conversation that I was the perfect fit for their project.
They tell me that my skills and knowledge saved them from what could have been a nightmare waiting to explode into reality.
Their perception of me is slowly but surely becoming my self-perception.
And I love it.
Folks, perception of ourselves is a tricky little stick figure drawing. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not, but one thing’s for sure:
When you start seeing yourself the way others see you, you gain the confidence to…
Rock on in positive self-perception because I sure am.