Perceived Value


I’ve been known to have a pet peeve or two and am rapidly gaining a new one. Ever since the debut of Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent a year or so ago occasionally a new video pops up on Youtube and/or Facebook showing someone singing beautifully who doesn't exactly match our idea of what that should look like. This floors the arrogantly smug panel of judges and the crowd watching – sometimes bringing on a tear or two – redeeming the offensively unattractive songbird. Everything is ok now, they can really sing!  We’re all reminded that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and feel good about ourselves for accepting the underdog. This really chaps my hide, not because talented singers (or actors, or writers, or artists, or musicians, or anyone for that matter) come in all shapes and sizes, but because everyone seems to be so shocked when they do.  How unbelievably condescending. Now I’m certain that Ms. Boyle has reaped some well-deserved rewards for her talent, but at what cost? No one should ever have to endure the horrible way her appearance was ripped apart by the media. Not her, not anyone.

I’ll admit it, I’ve watched a few early seasons of American Idol, and cheered for my favorite contestant, and have also watched The Voice, which moves a little further away from the beauty pageant aspect of these shows and more towards judging on singing prowess. It’s just the way that those who don’t seem immediately “fixable” by a new hairstyle, wardrobe, or veneers on their teeth are ridiculed and then made “ok” after their talent is revealed that gets on my nerves. This being said, I know my rant here isn't going to change the way the media glorifies our offense at anything less than perfect. Which leads me to re-post a message from a little over a year ago. It speaks of surrounding yourself with those that uplift you, in whatever form you may be, and to mirror your values with the type of relationships you’d like to have and life you’d like to live.

Alright, getting off my soapbox, for now anyway…

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From Over There: Perceived Value

"What you value shapes how you interact with your world. Values are handed to you by social conditioning and can rapidly change when the conditioning around you changes. This is why it is so important to surround yourself with loving, supporting and open-minded individuals - those who will love you, support you, and accept you for who you are.

If you are striving to be a certain way in the world, then seek out those who have already achieved this way and be inspired by their actions. And remember to spend time with those who are inspired by your actions. This provides a balanced perception of the world - one where you continue to create a joyful life, and yet are able to appreciate the struggles you have overcome."

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