Label Yourself!

by James A Lopata February 1st, 2020

Label yourself!

Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

Remember that schoolyard saying?

The truth is that naming possesses extraordinary power — not only to hurt, but also to heal, enhance, and benefit.

I recall how empowering it was when I finally accepted the label “gay.” I felt free. When I finally let myself say, out loud and proud, “I am a gay man,” I experienced such incredible relief. That one label — “gay” — that I thought would be one of the most horrible and debilitating designations I could ever conceive of, became the entryway to one of the most exciting and fulfilling chapters of my life.

When done right, labeling is not about pigeon-holing, it’s about release.

“I am 48.”

“I am business executive.”

“I am a gay men’s life coach.”

I once resisted saying these all words. Once I fully embraced each statement, each propelled me into a new freedom and a new happiness.

What label might you be avoiding for yourself that could potentially free you?

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