I was walking through the mall when I saw a photo booth at one of the kiosks. A large green screen hung as a backdrop and the photographer had her subjects stand in front of it in various poses. After taking the photo, she used a computer to paste it into a scene. You might then look like an alligator wrestler, a snowboarder, a hapless adventurer getting run over by his own jeep.
What you see is not always what you get. People are not always what they seem. It’s easy for others to paint an inaccurate picture either to impress or manipulate us into doing what they want us to do. Understand that while many, even most, of the people in your life will be honest, there will be those who will paint a false picture. They will claim to have experience that you don’t; they will claim to know the secret of how to live your life; they will claim to be something they’re not. They will try to use their self-exalted position to control and manipulate you.
Be aware of people who would manipulate you by pasting themselves into a false background or scene. Don’t just take things at face value. Take your time, as much time as you need, to see what the real background is.
Most of us get misled from time to time. Sometimes people con us. Other times we trick ourselves. Let go of naïveté.
God, if I start getting conned or manipulated, please show me and help me see the truth.
From the book: More Language of Letting Go
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