Can we stop using labels to describe ourselves and others? Because it is not only disconnecting us, inciting fear, roadblocking relationships and sabotaging communities but it is stunting our own personal growth and development.
I am so tired of labels. They are beyond ridiculous and they do not in anyway communicate who we really are, how we are designed to connect as human beings and why we desperately need each other and not a label to become a community of healing, hope and health. Any label that we use to tell people who we are or others use to tell us who we are, reduces our whole-person to a belief, an opinion, a way of eating, a relationship, a description, an age, gender, a political stance, a workout, a religion, a socioeconomic level, the way we look or even the way we feel.
These neat little labels interfere with the limited time, space and opportunities that we have been given to know someone different and maybe even discover something different about ourselves. We are not only designed to be known and accepted but we are desperate for it. When we use a label to summarize our whole-person, we create a boundary that makes it hard to create the space for us to be known at the deep levels we desperately need and want.
Take a deep breath and create the space to be with me for a minute. Open your heart and mind by allowing your past, prejudices, preferences, posts, opinions, judgments and fears to fall away. Perhaps in this present moment, I can help you see that beneath age, color, race and gender, we are all human beings who live, breathe, eat, exercise, sleep, poop, drink, laugh, cry, move, speak, feel, think, hope, dream, create, work, play and love.
Not only do we all “do” a lot of the same things as human beings, but we are designed as human beings to “be” the same at the deepest level and be vulnerable, sensitive, fragile, weak, needy, insecure, transparent, desperate and dependent on love and truth to tell us who we are and how we are designed to live. I just wish every human being could see how beautiful and good this human being design is and how we need it to taste, see, smell, hear and feel love. I wish we could allow love to tell us who we are, that we are all gifts and watch that truth transform us, and set us free to love, care, nourish, respect, honor, enjoy and share our whole-person. I wish I could help you understand that you can “be” that voice of love for yourself and others.
Listen to me, you are born to be a gift to yourself, your family, your friends, your community and your world. We need you and our world needs you to let your freaking light shine and share your time, talents and truth to love and encourage us. You know what blocks your light? A big sticky label. So, rip that sucker right off and bring your gifts to a world that desperately needs all of you.