Let Them See

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What you see, on the surface, is not always in harmony with what lies within. Sometimes perception and truth are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Like the playground teeter totter that tips up and down, we teeter and we totter between our judgements and reality.

Women are judgy by nature. We see each other as competition. It seems so silly, but it happens every day in my life, and in yours too I would bet. Misconceptions based on a hunch. Drawn conclusions on a whim. 

What if we saw people’s deepest fears instead of the brave face they put on? 

What if instead of the beautiful exterior we work hard to perfect, our inner core was what attracted people to us?

And what if the scars we have covered were instead proudly pinned as a badge of honor for all to see?

What then?

Insecurities arise. I feel like my fears represent weakness, my core is conflicted, and my scars bear witness to the pain I have endured. Shame surfaces.

Why would we want anyone to see what we really look like inside? The tender under belly of vulnerability is risky. And quite frankly, me without a little skillfully applied make-up is just plain scary!

“…The Lord sees not as man sees. Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

~ 1 Samuel  16:7

I have earned my wrinkles. We have earned our scars. And when we peel back the layers meant to defend our hearts, I believe we will find, that underneath it all, we are really not so different.

Whoever you are…

Whatever you’ve overcome…

However you are hiding it…

Let them see.

 

 

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Today’s writing was inspired by the prompted topic “SEE” from Lisa Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday

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8 thoughts on “Let Them See

  1. Patricia January 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm Reply

    So true…. We need to learn to be true sisters not competitors.

    • trisbendickson January 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm Reply

      Wouldn’t that grace and love be wonderful? We can be the change we wish to see 🙂 Thank you for stopping by Patricia!

  2. seespeakhearmama January 10, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply

    I love the transparency of offering our true selves…exposing the “shame surfaces”. Seen or unseen we all carry scars. Great reminder to live fully, in knowledge of all our beautiful imperfections. This was great Tris!

    • trisbendickson January 10, 2014 at 11:31 am Reply

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂 Being authentic isn’t always easy, but that is where the true connections are found. So glad you visited today!

  3. Kim January 10, 2014 at 10:17 am Reply

    So true– that was inspiring and well written Tris! For now.. I’m going to keep putting make up on 😉

    • trisbendickson January 10, 2014 at 11:32 am Reply

      I’m with you on the make-up, Kim 🙂 One step at a time, right?! Haha! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Leah J's Word Trips January 10, 2014 at 10:36 am Reply

    I loves, it touche’s the layers of my mind. My 5 minute isn’t

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