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Some thoughts about our labels...

I've found myself thinking about labels lately, both the labels we put on ourselves and the labels others put on us.  I wasn't sure whether or not I should blog about it, because some of these ideas seem so jarring and opposing to what I usually read in soul care spaces.

The general idea seems to be: remove all labels from ourselves and others so that we can begin to love each other for who we really are, as beautiful souls who are alike and can finally come together.

But what I've been thinking lately is exactly the opposite: that it is time to embrace exactly who we are as human beings, every difference that we have in this lifetime we have chosen to live on this planet, and learn to love our fellow human beings BECAUSE of our differences.

I understand the call to action wanting us to see each other for our sameness and see deep down inside and connect on a soul level.  I even find it beautiful, and have believed for years that we are all so much more alike than we are different. I've wished for others to just see our collective sameness so that we can stop the hatred and negativity towards each other. If we strip away our differences and replace them with unconditional love, then wouldn't the world be a better place?

It's only been in the past few months that I've started having the contradictory thoughts. I started thinking about what it is that brings us as souls to live on this planet together at this time to begin with. How we are all here for different reasons, how we are all unique beautiful individuals, how we all have different lived experiences which shape our journey in this lifetime.

I began to wonder if, maybe, instead of trying to see each other for our sameness in order to love each other, maybe the real lesson is to learn to love and embrace differences in order to love each other.

It is usually easier to love the people most like us: who look like us, who believe the same things as we do, who come from the same region of the planter as we do.

It is so much harder to love and even to understand the people who are most different than us.

Lately I have been thinking that the true test of unconditional love is not whether we can see that everyone is more alike than we are different.... but to see our differences and learn to love others regardless of how different they are from ourselves.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. <3