Archive for January, 2008

Facelifts and First Impressions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2008 by Sherman Gardner

You know what I love about AIM (online instant messaging)? No one can see me! I can be as grungy as I want and I can talk to whoever I want, looking however I want. “Looks” truly don’t matter online! People see your words, just your words. I love it! The physical impression is not a factor. Of course, what is sacrificed though is the emotions that are inflected in the words and the facial expressions and body language. But, I don’t have to be seen, because quite honestly, sometimes I don’t want to be seen. I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but as good looking as I am, I actually don’t ALWAYS look that great! LOL!

Why do people go through facelifts, tummy tucks, and ‘other’ augmentations? The physical look is an important thing to us. That’s why for a lot of women (and men) shopping for clothes is a production, not just something you rush into and ‘get r done’. We want to look good.

First impressions are everything, aren’t they? First impressions are typically a physical first impression, then a personality impression, at least when it comes to people. When it comes to an inanimate object like a car, then it’s physical (the look, color, lines, etc.) and then performance. There usually is a first impression that people (and most things) give. That’s why cosmetic surgery is so popular and such big business.

At our church we’ve been going through a lot of ‘facelifts‘ ourselves. Our building has received a lot of new paint, remodeling, new furniture, and more because first impression is so important. It tells people that we take care of what we are blessed with and that we are an active church family. It is a first impression.

But with all that said, first impressions are so short lived. People want to know what’s past that. What you really are about. Who you are, really. They want to know the truth. What people see causes them to either want to know more, or not.

So yes, first impressions are very important and influential, so make it count…because what comes next is what lasts. So, what is next?