Finding The Labels That Fit Us Best

28 February 2017 Written by 

As we go through our lives, various labels can become slapped on us. Sometimes we put labels on ourselves. Labeling can be so harmful to us and to our growth.

A teacher who puts us down, a parent who declares negative words over us, a spouse who puts a negative name on us, in the workplace, on the street, in the church, in sports – just about anywhere we go, labels can and do get placed on us.

How often we suffer enormously from the negative labels other people have attached to us. What happens to these words – these labels? They stick all over us, and can become part of our everyday self-talk. When I take the time to investigate these labels that I feel have stuck on me, I have a choice. I can choose to peel off the label. I can even replace those old labels with new ones of my own choosing. Speaking these new labels releases the power within me to become whatever it is that I desire. It’s like taking off old, dirty clothes, and putting on brand new clothes!

Taking time to examine the labels I have allowed to be put on me is a good exercise. I can ask myself, “Is that really true?” Finding out the answer to that question can change everything.

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Amy T.

Raised on a dairy farm in upstate NY, I learned to work hard along with my five siblings. I grew up in a very conservative Mennonite-Amish church which shaped a lot of my fundamental core values and beliefs. After moving to Florida to attend college, I married and became mother to five children. Eventually, my unmanageable life came to a crashing halt and I found my way into an Al-Anon recovery program. Recovery has affected every area of my life and I love sharing the things I am learning with others so that they might also find hope for their own recovery.
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