First Impression: Gritch

The first time I heard this I was a little shocked, "When I first met you I thought you were a BEEP."  Fill in the word that rhymes with Gritch aka grumpy _____.  Those conversations that come up when you've known someone for a while and your reminiscing on how you met, how long you've known each other, first impressions, etc.  The first time I was given the news of the first impression I sometimes leave my feelings were hurt.  For those who know me, they will say I have some sarcastic value but that I also am warm and caring.  


This led me to analyze why do I sometimes give off such a "bad" impression? {as I would hear this on a regular basis} It became very apparent.  I often tend to be a little reserved, quiet, and guarded when I first meet people.  I don't trust everyone immediately and am a little wary of peoples words.  My motto is actions speak louder than words.  This can sometimes be misinterpreted as being a gritch.  I'm also not that super bubbly outgoing rah-rah type of person.   And I sometimes am said to be a little blunt. 


I know I am not the only person out there like me.  I can not speak for everyone, but my wariness in people comes from a lack of trust in adults developed in childhood.   It's not that I don't like people - I do - my good friends will tell you once you've cleared the "test" I will do anything I can to help you.  I love supporting my friends and community as do most of the people I know who have a misinterpreted first impression.  


If you meet others like myself, don't be so quick to judge us, give us time to build trust.  And take the time to get to know us while we are getting to know you.  I feel like as a whole we tend to make snap first impressions placing labels on who someone is before really getting to know them.  We need to slow down, spend less time on electronic/internet relationships, and more time building quality in-person relationships.  Really getting to know the heart and soul of someone and not the first 3-second impression. 


Thankful for God's grace.



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