LABELS & SELF-IMAGE
Labels are just that, labels! The old saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me" is simply not true! Words have power! It can define who we are from early on in life...
I believe this rings true for everyone. Think back... What has someone said to you repeatedly that has either broken you down or built you up? Many of us, myself included has endured hard criticism or name calling at one time or another.
As a child growing up, I wore glasses that was required to correct my weak muscle. The glasses were a must! And they were pretty thick to say the least! I was called all kinds of names, like coke bottle bottoms (I grew up in the 70's when there were still coke bottles) or Benjamin Franklin. And even sometimes, the ever so popular four eyes! I did have thick skin, so telling those bullies a thing or two came easy to me! But deep down inside, it hurt! I was being labeled as an ugly girl or a nerd! Over time, the labeling did terrible things to my self esteem. It made me very insecure about my appearance. I mean, I had to wear my glasses... there were no other options if I wanted to see! Can you imagine how much worse the teasing would have been over my crossed eye, if I had chosen not to wear them? It would have been worse than being called Benjamin Franklin, I'm sure!
Speak love and blessings
The point I am trying to make, is words can hurt. They have power over our lives. Whether or not, we think we have overcome negativity spoken against us, they become embedded in our souls and effects our lives. If we hear negative criticism often enough, we start believing what we are being labeled to be, altering our self-image and destroying our self-esteem! We must be very careful with the words we use. Choose your words wisely! Use words to build people up, not tear them down! We ourselves can't avoid or change other people's behaviors or the words other people use. But we definitely have the power over our own selves and the words we choose to speak! Speak love and blessings... Someone's happiness and life might depend on it!
With Love and Blessings,