Saturday, September 15, 2018

What Will People Think of Me?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Admit it, you've had some situation where you've said or done something where you seem as smart as a fence post, then been concerned about what other people think. It could have been making a comment on social media with bad wording or you speld somethn wrong. Maybe you were stopped at a traffic light and start mining for the irritation in your nose, then another car pulls up next to you and someone in the other car is looking. Or you pay for something at the convenience store and didn't have enough money, so you had to use a different method of payment. How often do we wonder what people think of us, and imagine that they keep that memory to make chin music with someone else? Then there are times you read something in social media and assume it's about you, so you get all het up even though you're not even named.


People may think bad things about me, or talk about me, when I did something silly. So what?
Conversation, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879
Centuries ago, I'd be cutting up as a bratty child and my mother would say, "Robert! People are looking!" I'd say, "Let 'em look!" Shoulda been backhanded for that, really. My mother was concerned about what people would think of her. It's a mother thing, I reckon. And yet, you and I get concerned about the possible thoughts of strangers.

In the above examples, so what? I suspicion that pride is the source of our discomfort. While there are times and situations where we can legitimately care about the impressions we give, there is no real reason to care about the opinions of strangers we pass long the trail. We should seek to please God, of course. I suggest that caring about the opinions of other people should be prioritized and take it as it comes. Don't make a good impression? Keep going on about your business. The opinions of strangers should be the least of your worries, you savvy?