Have we not tired of being impressed?
Yet, in tandem with the dissolution of standard bearing, implicit honesty, and conscience, now we are subject to presentations intended to do just that.
Fast. Agile. Loud. Complex. Obscure. The “wow” factor.
But, impressions, even those privately gleaned through earnest searching, are at best shallow and short lived. Why? Because the motives behind the actions of their source are fed by ego.
One voluntarily seeks to impress in order to obtain something. Perhaps merely praise. In other cases, promotion, or a kind of awe which generates momentary respect.
Whenever ego is the driver, what is brought forth actually creates distance. Watchers and listeners are put off, pushed away, intimidated. Such impressions serve only to separate, even segregate, people from one another.
Used to be those who were “trying to impress” were looked down upon as conceited. All this serves to support the theory: impression is without soul.
That which is of inspiring value is self-sustaining. Beyond merely making its mark upon us, it bores through the superficial layers until, reaching who we are, it leaves a lasting change in us. And, the source of such a profound experience is then sought after. We are drawn to the one who provides accessible value to us, rather than being left to gaze from afar.
Don’t impress me. Just move me. Provoke and unsettle me, heat me up. Make me think, expand my perceptions, broaden my vision, open my heart. Make me feel, touch my emotions, stir me, feed me instead of yourself. Make a valued connection, with me.
If that is not your purpose, pack up your show. Move on down the road.
I will be happily unimpressed.
© 9/8/18 Ruth Ann Scanzillo All rights those of the author, whose name appears above this line. Please respect original material. Don’t be impressed. Thanks!