On Labels

The power labels have

Photo by Helena Hertz on Unsplash

A quote I heard helped me crystallize the way I’ve thought about labels for a very long time.

Robert Frost described a diplomat beautifully. He said that a diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s date of birth but never remembers her age.

And that is simply genius.

We often have a stigma attached to labels. Sick means weak. 38 means the wrong side of 30. 60 means old. Young means foolish….. Okay, maybe the last one has a lot of truth in it.

We often use these labels to take away people’s value. We determine what they can contribute. We determine what they can offer us. We determine what their limits are. We determine how useful they are. We determine how much joy they can bring to our lives.

Even worse we label ourselves. Broken. Damaged. And we fee like we’re beyond hope. We feel like we’re simply a sum of those labels.

But we’re not. We’re more than that. We’re people. We have the unlimited potential to surprise and be surprised.

So don’t be so hard on yourself. Your potential is limitless. And don’t be hard on others. Especially the ones who love you.

So freely give and accept time, effort, and love.

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Limichilwe Simwanza

Limichilwe Simwanza

Developer. Dabbler in design, writing, and all things creative.