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    Honestly, Is My Face Too Big? (On the Power of Perception and Public Opinion)

    October 8, 2013



    When my super awesome web designer first showed me the proof for my new website, I thought, OMGoodness, my face is going to swallow the screen, whole. I was tempted to ask him to shrink it, but he said “It looks good,” and being the expert designer he is (hey, he did Jack LaLanne’s website), I decided to trust him.

    But this morning I got an email from my Dad, who I trust more than anyone, and he was like, “Really?” in regard to the big face. Or faces. Several of them, all over my website. He was kind, and gave me the benefit of the doubt, assuming I had no control over that (He knows me, after all. I might have a big mouth at times, but I hope to God I don’t have an equally big ego).  

    So I started thinking. Should I change the “face” of  my website? There is a fine line between the unhealthy fear of public opinion and the healthy awareness of the power of perception. 

    On the one hand, I don’t give a rat’s behind what you think (wink). I know who I am, and I’m not as in love with myself as I used to  be. Thankfully, God has used the circumstances of life to strip me of a lot of “Faith” and replace it with real faith in who He is living in me, not in who I am on my own.

    But on the other hand, I am placed on this earth to represent Jesus to the best of my ability. If anything I do or say in the cyber sphere paints a distorted picture of Who He is, or even who I am (causing you to stumble on your way toward Him), I need to seriously consider making some adjustments. 

    So back to my face. That is the adjustment I am considering making. Oh, and there is another adjustment I need to make as well–a new brain. A techy brain, so I can figure this website maintenance thing out.


    (Update) Twelve hours later, Dad points out that the commenters are people who know me, who know I’m not an egomaniac. He says that making the “to change or not to change the face” decision based on that kind of feedback is like leaders who surround themselves with “yes men” so that they never have to deal with the truth about how they need to change (Now there’s a road I could go down!). He says that to readers who don’t know me, the ginormous and multiple images of my face are probably leaving a wrong impression about who I am as a person. I think he’s right. 



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