Friday, June 29, 2012

Moving Thoughts Friday

Every Friday I’m going to ask a question. The questions I choose might be ambiguous on purpose. The goal is to have you answer the question according to your beliefs, where you’re at in life or a circumstance that might have recently impacted you. The only thing I ask is that you provide an explanation for why you answered the way you did.

It’s my hope to understand you better through this and also to gain a greater understanding of humanity and how people make decisions.
Lately I’ve been thinking about the delicate balance between not caring what others think & caring what others think (as with most things, both can have positive and negative aspects). We all fall on a spectrum between caring too much and not caring at all, which of course varies depending on the situation, our confidence level, our investment, etc.

But I’m throwing this out for fodder today…
Where do you land on the spectrum between not caring & caring what others think? And of course, tell us why…

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**I’m taking a blogging hiatus next week. I’ll be mostly offline. See you in July! Happy 4th!


  1. Hmmm. As far as surface things (how I look, what I drive, etc.), I really don't care. I am who I am. As far as what I do, (am I a hard worker, a good mom, a good writer, a good Christian), I think I still look for approval from others, but I'm working on that. God's opinion is the one that matters.

  2. I don't know where I land. Like you said, it's a delicate balance. If someone said I was a bad person, hurt their feelings, etc, I would care very much. If they said I was a nerd (been there) or dressed funny (teehee, been there too!) I just don't care.

  3. Sadly, to far to the right (caring). Although God is teaching me loads about this aspect of my personality and the gunk that rests beneath it.

  4. I do care what some people think...the people who are important to me. Others - I could take it or leave it. I guess that would put me in the middle.

  5. I care way too much about what people think. My husband often tells me I can't make everyone like me, but sometimes I try. God's working on this one with me - especially as I put myself out there more and more.

  6. I think I care too much what other people think. I overanalyze situations, etc., and I'm always afraid I've offended someone. However, when it comes to my faith, I don't care--in that, I believe what I believe and I don't care if I'm ridiculed for it. Jesus was. I will be too. However, I DO take care to love others and make sure they see that side of my faith.

  7. As I've gotten older, I care less and less what people think about me. That being said, it depends on who it is. I care deeply what my husband thinks of me.

    And I love Lindsay's answer above. :)

  8. Like Erica, as I've gotten older I am less conscious of what some think. I still overthink and struggle with what family thinks sometimes. I confess to be a work in progress. :)

    Have a lovely weekend,

  9. This is such a good question. For such a long time I cared way too much. Now I wonder if I care too little. I think the trick is to be sure you are making yourself happy and then the balance falls where it need to fall.

  10. I'm more on the caring side, unfortunately, in too many places in my life. But I'm learning there actually is a fairly good balance--just trying to inch in that direction.

  11. I care WAY TOO MUCH what others think, but Jesus is slowly setting me free to be who He created me to be, and have confidence in His love for me. So, I'm inching over!

    Love you. LOve your questions.

  12. I know I care WAY too much. Have to continually remind myself that ultimately I have an audience of one. In writing, I get a critique and hurry off to make all the changes because I want EVERYONE to love my book. I'm slowly learning to stick to my guns. :)


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