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April 22, 2021

Improper Labeling

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 4:29 am

Sticker 147304 1280Recently, The Grasshopper stuck this on me: “Labels describe your actions or habits, not your real identity.”

We gather so many labels during the course of life and if we examine them closely, we notice they describe a role we’ve adopted, not our raw ingredients.

If you pick up a jar of something new at the food store, the first thing you see is the label. Some people take the time read the ingredients before putting it in their cart, most don’t.

We let labels define us and, frankly, they do a poor job.

I recently had a friend refer to themselves as a loser. I was quick to point out that losing at something is an action; “loser” is a label.

Labels define and confine. I once heard that when you label something, you limit it to the confines of your description. I’m reminded of the words of the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu: “The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.”

Your labels will change over time but your core identity never changes. We are what’s left when all the labels have been peeled away. That unchangable esssence is our unlimited, creative force, something that can’t be reduced to a label.

But, if you’re stuck on labeling yourself, stick with this one: I am a force of creation! Then, you’ll only be limited by your imagination.

All the best,


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