Label me not with your words. If not, how will I know who or what you are? You must know where you belong. If not, you are lost. There are things a society must have in place for us to thrive and grow. Life would not be the same without them. The means and use of its tools to function is one of them. One such tool for all groups is the use of symbols and labels. There must be labels that we know by shapes and words to make sense of our world. We will not have a thought worthy of thinking about anything if it does not have a label. Without one, you would not know what it is. Nor will we know its purpose.
We use labels to know what we are doing. It all began with life and the world, as we know it. We were born with instinct so that we could survive in this new world. Some say that they do not have a place. And they refuse to be labeled or “put in their place,” which is a wrong way to think. If you do not have a place, you do not have a place to be. Of course, we are all in and at a place. Although, it may not be the place we want to be. We were born to belong, to fit in, not to be alone. We all have a place of our own that we only have to find. You will know that you are there—where you belong—when you find it because you will feel it.
If someone tells you or it is merely inferred that you should stay in your place, do not be offended, for you will be where you are until you are not. Now, if you say to yourself that you have no place, that it is somehow an insult to be told to stay there, and of course, it is “stay” that is most objectionable, it will only cause you harm. Just take a moment to think about what you are saying when you say this. We all have a place starting in our mother’s womb. It comes with a label that tells who we are. It will tell where our place is in the order of our birth, as well, and this does not change.
We have labels that will change as we change over time as our roles in life change. When we feel that we do not have a place, we will get less from the place we are in now. And when we move on, we take less with us and have less to work with where we are going.
When you are not content with your place, change your place, and your label will change: You do this by changing the way you think. Some go back to school. Others make sure to fill out the space they are in now—getting the most from what they have. You change the way you think by being aware of how you think. Everyone has a place, and that place is where you want to be. No one can misplace you but you. Each of us defines who we are. The future is in our hands. Even with its ebb and flow of life. Know what it is you see when you look. I am who I have been looking for—who are you?
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