• Your podcasts are getting better each time you do them. Great story! 🙂

    • Thanks Cheryl, I just receive my new mic, and WOW is it big. I am anxious to test it out this week and use on my next podcast. 🙂

  • Perceptions are powerful the following is a true account on the Perception on the cure for Chicken Pox. My fathers mom, being the mother of 13 children believed that the prevention for Chicken Pox, was to put her kids in the chicken coop, and make the chickens fly over their heads, this action she was convinced was the “vaccination” for the prevention of contracting the illness. Great article on the powerful subject of Perceptions.


    • Hi David and welcome. That is a great story. So here is my question. Did you get the chickenpox? 🙂

  • Perception and beliefs are such fun. We spend our days inundated with other people’s beliefs and world views. Sometimes we accept them as our own and sometimes we reject them. For the most part we always need to keep in mind that there are my views, your views and then the truth.

    Children have such a limited view of the world, it can be easy perceive the wrong view. I remember thinking similar thoughts when I was a child. I had the chicken pox when I was around 4. I didn’t understand how I could have them though because I was never around chickens.

    • How true that is Jon, It;s really hard to find the truth with we have to comb through all the noise. a child have such a simple way of seeing life. I miss some of that sometimes, don’t you? 🙂

  • Along Came Mary

    A perception I had for yrs was my fear of sushi. Thinking how awful it must be, til I finally tried it….I eat it at least twice a wk now!
    And your podcast and illustrations are fantastic. I love little Susan 🙂

    • Hi Mary, it really is funny what we hold on to and when the perception changes, how we think “What was I thinking” LOL.

  • What a fabulous and fun story for communicating about how our beliefs can help us or not. Oh those poor chickens! You running from them – too cute. Thanks.

    • Thanks Patricia, Yeah, I was not a chicken fan for the longest time… LOL. 🙂

  • Julie

    I am loving your podcasts more and more. This is a great story with a cool lesson. Keep um coming. 🙂

    • Thanks Julie, I am very please you enjoy them. I will do that. 😀

  • This is definitely in the top three favorites of mine in regards to the stories you’ve written. I’m eagerly awaiting the podcast for the one about the dog and the rabbit 😉

    • Thanks so much Jeri,I will give that some serious consideration. 🙂

  • Michael Belk

    Well told story Susan and beautifully narrated. I would probably make that association as well. It sounds logical.

    • Thanks Michael, At 4 years old, it can a interesting time for word association and perceptions, can’t it? 🙂

  • Hi Susan: I am often accused of being too trusting, so I try not to pre-judge people. However, I have been on the receiving end of having been wrongly judged by more than one individual on occasion and find it frustrating, as it’s so hard to try and turn the situation around. People make up their minds about things and don’t care about the facts. They’ve made up their minds! If only we could all just be kind to one another.

    • Hi Doreen, In that we are the same. I can’t even imagine a wrong perception of you. They must a very shallow person to not find the wonderful person you are, just saying. Hugs my friend. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Great story Susan. Although I could see it coming, I still laughed when I heard about your 4 year old deductive reasoning. It makes perfect since to me, never quite understood why they call it chickenpox. 🙂

    • Hi Debra, I never did either. Nevertheless it would be just what a kid would think. It pleases me so that you enjoyed my story. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Scott

    I love the podcast to this story. Your voice and background sounds lends so much to the story. I completely understand how we perceive things really leaves a lasting impression.

    • Thanks Elizabeth, Even though they are allot of work, it is really fun to put these together. 🙂

  • What at great story and I do love listening to your podcasts as your voice sounds awesome but I have told you that before………haven’t I ………….lol I also like the drawings that go with the story…………this story was so right about how we preceive things

    • Hi there Joann., You had quite the trip my friend. Thank you so much. I will never tire of here that… LOL. 🙂

  • BroadcastingSunny

    I enjoy listening to your stories 🙂 Today’s remind me of a time when I cooked parsnips for the very first time. The next day I came down with a serious stomach virus – first time I got sick in years. To this day I avoid parsnips even though I know it’s doubtful there is a connection. I just associate the parsnips of being seriously ill. I’m feeling ill now HA!

    • Hi Joanne, I had the very same thing happen to me with chocolate covered marshmallow cookies. I still can’t eat them to this day for that very reason. Our perceptions are indeed a powerful thing. 🙂

  • When my Mom first gave me avocado when I was in high school, I expected it to be sweet, because it looked to have the consistency of bananas. When it wasn’t, I didn’t like it and didn’t eat again until well into adulthood. All that guacamole I missed!

  • I love the story Susan and it illustrates what perceptions can do. When i was a child I hated the taste of peas, why I do not know. The perception that all peas no matter how they were served tasted awful stayed with me for many years.

  • Rebecca

    I love how you illustrated your story! I tend to perceive change as something bad, even when it is good. I don’t know where that comes from, but I have to work hard to convince myself that it is not always bad.

  • That was a wonderful story about we perceive things. I think many of us are guilty when having a reaction to something which is how we perceived it and it had nothing to do what with what the other person was thinking. Our perceptions are not always correct.

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I don’t remember having chickenpox really but I do know that I gave it to my mother 🙁

    • Hi Krystle, I bet your Mom wasn’t happy about that… LOL. 🙂

  • This is the sweetest tale! I’m actually going to forward this to a few friends and to my 12 year old son. So many great points in here. Cute illustrations!

    • Hi Eva and welcome, Thanks so much for the compliment and for sharing my story. 🙂

  • Amanda McMahon

    thank you for sharing this.

    • Thanks Amanda, What part did you enjoy the most?

  • SuzanneAtBoomeresque

    Thanks for a fun story to illustrate an important point. I think it’s important to remember that in addition to checking the veracity of our own perceptions, we are wise to remember that perception is reality, so when we are confronted by what we think is a bizarre or uncalled for reaction by another person, we need to step back and try to understand their perception of the situation because that is, in fact, their reality.
    (Another BHB find!)

    • Hi Suzanne, I agree with you. Those perceptions right or wrong become to basis of our thinking in many situations. One can only hope that when the situation shows us something different, we are capable of changing our minds. 🙂

  • A wonderful story about childhood in itself, and a great life lesson. My perceptions are often changing. I get upset with those who seem to have rigid approaches – I find those people, unfortunately, in all walks of life.

    • Hi Leroa, I think that’s the beauty of being human. We have the ability to change adapt what we perceive as we grow, when we allow it of course. 🙂

  • At least it only took you a few years to realise it wasn’t from the chickens, most people hold these perceptions from childhood well in to adulthood. Some never leave.
    The mind is an amazing thing, but it surely can hinder us and let us loose out on many things.
    You were lucky to have clicked with the notion of perception and learned from it. You can’t always keep an open mind, but being so aware of it, puts you in a much more advanced place than others 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, That is very true. I am grateful that I had persistent parents in that regard… LOL.

      You’re right, it was a lesson I that has served me well. 🙂

  • We’ve definitely broken some misconceptions while we were ont he road… I thinkthe biggest misconceptions is how the rest of the world thinks Americans are…. can’t tell you how many Australians expected Americans to be “different” than what we were… I think they were basically expecting the loud mouths and materialistic people they always see from our media 😉

    • Hi Dan, I bet you did. You must have be a refreshing experience from what they thought. We found the same in France. 🙂

  • John

    I love this story because it makes so much sense. I would probably
    have associated the chickens with chickenpox too. It’s a great lesson
    that you associated with your experience.

    When I was a
    child I remember seeing a cartoon image of a sexy woman holding a pistol
    with the caption ‘Don’t touch me’. It’s one of the first English
    phrases I learned and ever since I now associate sexy women with danger.

    I eventually learned that you can’t judge people by their looks.

    • Hey there Jon, Thanks a bunch. I think it’s a natural for any kid in that situation. As you, we all have perceptions that we just can’t seem to shake. I know I certainly had a few like yours… LOL.

  • So true Susan. Great illustrations of your point both in pics and words. Just a subtle shift in our perceptions of life and seemingly out of the blue everything changes.

    We can only see in our world things that match our beliefs…so change a belief, change your world. Easier said than done sometimes!


    • That is so true,Elle. If only we could step out of ourselves sometimes. It would change the way we see things in a WHOLE lot of situations. 🙂

  • Darlene Nemeth

    Hi Susan, I can easily to relate your story of perceptions. It’s like the glass is half full scenario. If you perceive life to be negative then that is what you will have and the opposite is true too. You described it well in your story. And your illustrations are adorable.

    • Hi Darlene, That is such a good point. By making just a simple shift in our thinking we can change our whole attitude about so many things. 🙂

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