Once again I am seeing posts that relate to people’s fears about labels. Mainly about being labelled themselves. It’s something that we cycle through every now and then and maybe it’s something you have an opinion about, maybe you strongly dislike being labelled as something or other or maybe you really don’t care.
Regardless of your current thoughts on people being labelled, here’s a few things to think about. Want to share your thoughts and beliefs? Comment below.
Can you describe yourself in a way that is easily understood by another person, without using any labels?
Bet you can’t. You can’t mention that you are tall, or short; the colour of your skin or hair; whether you are male or female. You can’t give your name or what job you do; what hobbies you enjoy……
In our current society, labels can open doors that would otherwise be shut.
It may be that you have an illness, an injury or a condition that can benefit from treatment. You need a diagnosis before treatment can begin. It doesn’t really matter whether that is cancer, Asperger’s, a broken arm or hayfever. The label opens up avenues for treatment. Of course you don’t have to accept the diagnosis – or the treatment, but you certainly can benefit from having the label as a jumping-off point.
People say they don’t like labels because once given they stick with you and are limiting.
Have you ever got to the bottom of a jar of coffee and thought I can re-purpose that jar. So you give it a good wash out, peal off the label and fill it with some other food? Then you re-label that jar to show it’s now filled with rice.
Why can’t you do that with humans? Just because you have a label, doesn’t mean it is true all your life. It is the thought that you can’t change a label that is the limiting factor.
And what about the name you are given when you are born. That is the biggest label you’ll ever get. And yes, you can change that!!
Gy’ Shé em
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