We all know people who are so easy to label. Sally, what a pessimist, you never want her around because she brings everyone down. Mark, truly a narcissist, can’t even have a conversation that isn’t centered around him. Doug, so happy-go-lucky, fun to have at parties, but no real substance there. And, Dawn, such a bully, never allowing anyone else to voice an opinion that differs from hers.
When we are quick to label and judge, everyone begins to take on the same form, much like the blurred blossoms in the picture. Sure, the labels might be different, but that label disguises the individual.
Sally the pessimist: so many previous hurts that she is afraid to hope anymore
Mark: projecting his ‘larger than life’ image to hide a real insecurity
Doug: afraid to go deep within because he fears what he will find
Dawn: fears anyone getting too close because they might discover her vulnerability
We must be aware of the lens through which we see.