What are labels and how do they apply to your life?
A label is defined as a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it; a classifying phrase or name applied to a person or thing, especially one that is inaccurate or restrictive (Google Search, 2019).
A label is what you give something, or someone, kind of like a title. When I think of labeling I tend to think of putting a label on a box or on a food item for the fridge.
I never really thought about how I categorize events in my life or people. I label events in my life, just like anyone else. I label them as good, bad or ugly. I never really understood how, me, labeling someone had such significance.
Do you understand how labels apply to your life yet?
Labels apply to your life because everyone uses labels. Rather we use them for labeling something or someone we use them. When we use labels for labeling boxes, merchandise, etc., and that is used for good.
When you use labels for people we use it in a bad term. We often label people according to our encounters with them. We use the way we felt at the time of the encounter as a label. Think about it, we place people into categories. If it was a good encounter we label them as a good person if it was a bad encounter we label them as a bad person.
I encourage you to take a second look at the labels you place on people, or even some situations you have encountered. Every person is not bad and neither is every situation. There is good in everything and everybody, you just have to find it.
Be careful with the labels you place, once they are there it takes more energy to get them out of that category than it did to place them in it. Stop wasting your time and energy on things that hinder you from your purpose in life.
Remember you were born for a purpose, it is up to you to find that purpose and tap into its greatness.
“I don’t like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini”
“You don’t just wake up one day and decide who you are. I hope that people see that it’s okay not to have labels nor label anyone else. Step back. We’re all just trying to figure it out”