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I Am A Peeping Tom

Updated on April 27, 2016
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Peeping through life.

I must confess; I am a peeping Tom. Maybe since day one of my birth. But this got to be confirmed by my mother. Unfortunately my beloved mother has passed away. Coming from an Asian background, and writing in English, perhaps gives good excuse for misinterpreting words. What is the meaning of the word "peep?" This is from Dictionary.com:

–verb (used without object)

1.to look through a small opening or from a concealed location.

2.to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively.

3.to look curiously or playfully.

Looks like it involves "looking." Then if I just look, that's it.

Peep! Maybe we can divide "peeping" into two categories. One is for the peeping Toms, secretly looking at things behind a hidden place. We can say this is "secret peeping." The other is like my past-time. I observe people's behavior and events and sceneries and what not. I do not hide in secret places. So what do you call this "observation?" This is "public peeping."

How many are aware of their surroundings while they busy themselves with their chores? If you go the bank, do you take time to observe what is going on around you? If you go shopping at the supermarket, do you observe the other activities around you? If you go to a fair to enjoy yourselves, do you observe others enjoying themselves too? Maybe you do. Many will not realize this. They just go along with their own schedules and agenda, seeking gratifications or just getting things done. That's all. What matters most is that they get their things done. Oblivious to their surroundings.

When we become "public peeping Toms" we become more aware of our surroundings. There are so many fascinating aspects of life that we missed when we are not mindful of our surroundings. Maybe now that I am retired, I can afford to take things slower. Just by going to the bank is an adventure trip for me. I would sit and relax while waiting for my turn to be served. That's when my public peeping begins. True to my manhood, I see the young pretty girls at the counter. The bankers are smart, you see. They always put the pretty ones to serve the customers. I look further in, and there the more senior staff who have seen better days. Then you have special counters; "customer service." These people are smart and they can answer any question you pose to them. Out of nowhere there will inevitably come along one or two who like to complain. I take a peep at these people and try to calculate the amount of energy that they have wasted. I also observe the children. Banking area is actually not for children, but why not. They can make a playground out of the chairs, guard rails, and the stand-alone machines. When I 've done with my banking, I would have peeped through a passing stage of life's activities.

Sound boring isn't it? Depends on your perspective in life.

We look but do not see.

Just the same, you have a nice day!

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      Justin Choo 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Lita,

      I have resisted changing the title, although at times I fear others will criticize my "hypocrisy". So each time I received a comment here, my heart beats faster. (LOL)

      So far, I have deleted one comment for its rudeness.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      "Peeping Tom" is derogatory, so I insist on a personal note to call you a "keen observer" in all respect, gentleman! Haha! But you have a knack of drawing traffic to your articles, really. That was close! Good read!

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      CheaHS@n 8 years ago

      Great awareness! You used to be a banker looking out or rather no time to even look around and how nice going back to the same surroundings but with a different mindful perspective. Here is a quote by Akshara which I love very much ~ "Observe not the people around you but the thoughts within you".

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      Justin Choo 8 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks PKOON and Brianzen for your comments

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      Brian 8 years ago

      Sincere and yes thought provoking.

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      pk oon 8 years ago from malaysia

      Birdwatchers are also peeping toms. I am one of them. I use a binocular and peeped into their private activities such as feeding themselves and their young, preening, singing, taking a bath in a stream or pool of water on a hot sunny day,defeacating and even copulating and many more interesting things. If you are interested in birdwatching just inform me and I will take you to the hotspot of birdwatching in Malaysia.pkoon

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