Elvis week is quickly approaching, and most of my thoughts are of Elvis, Elvis fans and Elvis stories. I hope to have fun stories to tell after my time at Graceland in August. Right now plans are still up in the air. However, my friends and I are talking, planning and sharing.

A friend of mine shared this Elvis quote on Facebook.

Reporter: Elvis, are you satisfied with the image you established?

Elvis: Well the image is one thing and the human being is another.

Reporter: How close is the image to the man?

Elvis: It’s very hard to live up to an image I’ll put it that way.

The image is one thing and the human being is another. WOW!

This statement tells us exactly how he felt about Elvis the entertainer versus Elvis the human being. It seems that he felt that there was a definitive difference. Comparing an image to a human being, even being one in the same, yet somehow different.

This statement hit me a little differently this time. When I read those words I couldn’t help but think of us “non-famous” folks.

I began to think of the image we portray for others to see. We all have an image that the public sees. Some of us have a more genuine image. Some people feel more confident being themselves. Some feel inadequate, alone and insecure, but the image doesn’t show it.

I look at others and think they have it all together. Then compare it to my life and think my goodness what a mess. But I find myself questioning, does everyone else have it all together or do they struggle just as I do.

From the outside looking in everything seems to be coming up roses, but inside we all have our secret struggles. Of course we all want to have a sterling reputation. We want others to admire us and find us to be worthy of their friendship.

However, the reality is, no matter our image it is just that; an image.

It’s the face we put on for others, hiding our fears, insecurities and imperfections. Images are carefully painted on to create a persona that we want others to see. If only we didn’t live in a society that demanded so much that we felt it necessary to create these images. God made us all unique.

I also happen to be a Mister Rogers fan. How often can you put Mister Rogers and Elvis Presley in the same sentence? If we could all give like Elvis and love like Mister Rogers, what a wonderful world we could live in! Had Mister Rogers been able to address what Elvis said, I feel he would have said this famous saying, “It’s not what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.” I feel very certain that he would have been very proud of Elvis for his generosity and the way that he gave so much of himself and all that he had.

As Mister Rogers always used to say, “There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

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