Recently I was standing near the elevator in a large office building when I noticed an Amish man and a young boy alongside of me. The boy stood in front of the shiny steel elevator doors looking perplexed, as though he had no idea of what was before him. Suddenly, an elderly woman in a wheelchair appeared. The elevator doors opened, the woman entered, and the doors quickly and quietly closed. The boy looked flabbergasted as he watched the illuminated numbers above the elevator. He counted out loud…..two…three…four…five…six. And then after a pause, the numbers began again….five…four…three…two…one. Just then the doors opened, and out came a tall, sexy, young woman in a tight red dress and matching 4 inch heels! The young boy looked at his father and said, “Father, what is this thing?” The equally surprised father said, “I don’t know, son, but go quickly and get your mother!”
My story today is of course tongue-in-cheek but the point is clear. While this “thing” appeared to transform the elderly and disabled woman into a much younger one in a matter of moments, you and I both know no such thing occurred. But with their limited knowledge and experience, the father and son could only rely on what they actually saw. It appeared that this was some sort of Fountain of Youth!!!
The message to my story is a simple one:
Things aren’t always what they seem.
Sometimes women are quiet and to themselves and we consider them unfriendly. We brand some women confrontational, others out of control with what they eat and drink, and still others we label with the “b” word. We observe a woman making a bad line call in a tennis game, and we question every call she makes. We hear of a few untrustworthy men, and we distrust them all. We learn of some who stole from the government pretending to be disabled, and we assume everyone who receives assistance is “on the take.” In a similar fashion, someone promises to make us a fortune for a small investment, and we invest only to find out the promises were too good to be true. We receive an email suggesting we are about to receive a large sum of money as soon as we provide our bank account number, and we are excited about the prospects of being a millionaire. But
things aren’t always what they seem.
Far too often, we take things on surface value and find we have been misled one way or the other. Women with high SUCCESSTROGEN levels do their homework. They look beyond what is initially presented. They look for history and facts before they judge someone or before they are fooled by another. Most of us are well-informed about the Ponzi schemes and the risks of giving anyone our social security number or bank account information. However, many of us still make rash judgements about one another, judgements that often are in error because things aren’t always what they seem.
Some women are quiet because they are more introspective and analytical in their lives. Some women are overweight because of a thyroid condition. Some women are confrontational because they have experienced some challenges and have a need to protect themselves and their viewpoints. While some people receive public assistance when they could well support their families by working, I truly believe that most people receiving assistance would much prefer to be gainfully employed.
A gentile reminder for us for today is simply, that things aren’t always what they seem. Let’s allow our eyes to see what they see, and then use our brains to gather an understanding of what actually is.