I’m getting rid of my labels

This morning I realized that I have attached labels to everyone and everything: people, places, and things. I put them in categories. I’ve even placed people into certain sub-groups. I guess I have always known that I have done this, but it’s definitely time to stop.

Most of the labels I have used were taught to me while growing up by family and friends, others were learned later from teachers and colleagues. I’m removing them from my life now because they have no meaning for me anymore.

Engaging in this process can cause incredible change in anyone’s life. I do realize that it will take work—some of these labels have been with me since childhood. As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” I didn’t know better then, but through my own life experience and lessons learned along the way, I do now.

We are all the same inside. It’s that simple.

Putting labels on people and things, compartmentalizing them by past moments, no longer serves me. Today is the 1st of June, so what better day to start?I