How do you view yourself? How do you view others? Does your vision have filters?
Do we allow ourselves to see clearly? To see ourselves clearly? What does it really mean to see clearly? When I think about seeing clearly, I think about not having clouded or distorted images. Many of us have dealt with ourselves or have seen images of people who suffer from eating disorders seeing themselves in distorted ways. These are the examples of when a really skinny person looks in the mirror and the mirror shows someone who is abnormally huge.
That is only one example of distortion. I think that a lot of distortion comes from the media we view and just the day to day things we allow ourselves to come in contact with. So, is it even possible to see ourselves or others through clear eyes without distortion or cloudiness?
I believe that the clearest view of the world and of ourselves and of others that we can ever can have comes from seeing as Heavenly Father sees. This is because He is the one who created us all, so it is through His eyes that things are clear. He is the creator, so He knows how things are to be viewed.
This is very true in art and theatre as well. The creator of a play, per se, the playwright, is the one who knows how the play is to be viewed, or what it was intended to bring across. The directors of plays and producers and such put their lenses on it or their views on top of the original view and in a sense distort the play by degrees.
In theatre, there are many different ways to affect the lighting on the stage or in the auditorium. Sometimes stage lights have gels in them that change their color. Other times there gobos are put in to create a stencil or pattern-like effect. Sometimes, both are used. Still other time, lights are purposely not focused clearly to fade the harshness of the edges of the light. Basically, there are many ways in which the light is filtered before it reaches the stage to create what many call ‘theatrical lighting.’
Do you have theatrical viewing or lighting in your life? Do you purposely allow or put filters on the way in which you view the world? I think in today’s society it is hard for one not to allow society and media to put certain filters on our viewing of society and humanity.
Little girls being in beauty pageants and wearing bikinis when they are toddlers is just one example of how the media and society is telling us to view girls and women. It is one way in which the media and society start little boys, at a very young age to expect girls to be sensual and appealing on the outside.
How do you allow society to shape your vision of others and of yourself? Do you stand for what you believe in or do you allow yourself to be swayed with the popular belief? Do you stand up for someone when a group of your friends are gossiping about them or talking badly about them behind his or her back? Or do you join in the belittling? Are you able to see past the way that the crowd views other individuals? Is your vision clear enough to do so?
How we get a clearer view
So some may be wondering how we come to this clearer view. I believe that it all comes from drawing closer to our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. They love us. They have a perfectly clear view, without judgment or filtering. They have a perfect love. As we come closer to them and become more like them, we will be better able to have a clearer view ourselves of others, the world, and ourselves.
We come closer to Christ and Heavenly Father by doing the Father’s will, by keeping His commandments, by enduring to the end, and by doing the simple things among other things. There are so many ways in which we can find ourselves coming closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
One way that I have found that has helped me come closer is to write how I see the Lord in my life each day. Another way is by being careful with what I choose to view or surround myself with. As Christ and Heavenly Father are pure, I want to be pure.
How can you personally come closer to Christ? What do you have to work on? As you work on this and continually strive and work towards coming closer to Christ, your vision will be cleared and life becomes more meaningful and less bitter, cruel, and cynical. Life becomes better as we clear our vision.