In Others’ Words: No, You’re Not
I do not like name tags.
You know those sticky little squares that with the printed pronouncement, “Hello, my name is . . . ”
Yeah. I don’t like them at all.
I don’t even like name tags when you dress ’em up and put them in plastic protective covers. They annoy me.
Besides a person’s first and last name, name tags don’t tell me anything at all about another person.
So often when we give information about overselves, we go with the “Who am I” details:
I’ve found that, in recent years, I’m spending more time on who I am not.
- I am not who they said I was.
- I am not defined by that one heartbreaking moment in my life.
- I am not wrong . . . even if I am making a choice that someone else says is wrong.
- I am not unforgiving just because I have relationships that aren’t working in my life right now.
- I am not a quitter.
And as I declutter the definiton of me — removing the “nots” — I see more clearly who I am.
In Others’ Words: So, if I asked you who you are not, how would you answer that question today? And what helps you avoid the pressure to conform to other people’s expectations of who you should (or shouldn’t) be?
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