Tuesday, 12 June 2018
What's in a name?
I would like you to think about your name for a moment or two. It was given to you at birth by your parents. Most probably, you have more than one name. You may possibly like your name, or you may have chosen to be called by your other names, or by a nickname. Whatever the case, you have a name.
It identifies you. It is part of you. In some cases a name affects one's personality and some people try to live up to the name they have been given.
Your name is very important to you. It makes you pay attention when someone mentions it in conversation, or calls you, or writes to you. It is personal. Friendly. Cosy. It is you.
Now I want you to look at your foot.
You have a Big Toe, a Small or Little Toe, and three other toes in the middle.
They have no name. No one has given them an individual identity. There is no name for them on their passport. The other two are called Big Toe and Little Toe. The three in the middle ... nothing!
How would you like it if you were one of the three middle toes?
You would have felt insignificant. Unidentified. Unnamed. Unloved even. How does that feel?
That's why it is important to name all your toes. I have named my three Jeremiah, Jethro and Fred. Same on the other foot.
Come to think of it, it is important also to name all your other body parts so they don't feel unloved.
What have you called your body parts?