The Power of Labels

January 3, 2020

Imagine if, one day, you wake up and all of your memory’s been wiped. 

For many months, that was my reality.

I was a seemingly functional member of society. After all, I had a life to live and an entire business to run. But the truth is that, on most days, I couldn’t remember most of the people or things that needed my attention. 

I couldn’t remember who my clients were… or what projects we were working on. 
I couldn’t remember I was going home… often driving in circles around my block.
I couldn’t remember what I did the day before… let alone my own life story. 

Yet the scariest thing is, I couldn’t remember how to be myself anymore.
One of the most impactful days of my healing was when a dear friend and mentor gave my confusion a name: PTSD. It was all part of my trauma from the sudden and unexpected loss.

While labels can be damaging or cause us to box ourselves in if we choose to let them, they can also be enlightening. They give us new insights and information to work with. They give us a point of reference, a place to begin making change.

If there’s something not working in yourself or your life, there’s a reason. Whatever that reason is, it’s not an excuse. It’s an explanation. A point of reference to begin doing the work to heal, grow, and become all that you’re meant to be.

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