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What we call ourselves

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm on the theme of naming.
We name our kids, our pets, our feelings, our accomplishments, and, sometimes, even our cars.
How about ourselves? We usually accept the name we were given (which, if we look in a Name book, we find our name has a specific meaning). But perhaps, it doesn't fit - or, we have spent our life trying to fit it?

How about girls named Joy, or Hope (Charity seems to have gone out of favor).
Does that affect how those kids grow up thinking about themselves?

I gave a great deal of thought to the choice of my kids' names. My son is Andrew - meaning "manly" and he is. His middle name is Domenic, which i think has some kind of holy connotation, but I can't remember. I was religious back then. Would he have turned out differently if we'd called him Herman Hermit? I wonder. emoticon

So, this brings me to my point which is how we think about ourselves - our self image. Our name, of course, is just a part of it. We built our opinions of ourselves - whether we are "smart", "athletic." "graceful," "popular," or, negative versions of those attributes, from an early age.
I read somewhere that it's all pretty much a done deal by the time we finish kindergarden.
Shocking, really.
And then, we spend the rest of our lives stuck in that self image.

Well, of course, there are ways out. Some find therapy, others attend a self discovery program like Woman Within, or The Mankind Project where they get to confront some of those stuck, limiting places. Others just put on a face, and plod through life (except for those who got the positive imprinting - but they have another whole group of issues).

Self discovery. It's an adventure of a lifetime.

I say: Let's step out of who we think we are into someone we want to be. Surprisingly, once we do that, we find we actually are that person - the one who can, and who cares, and is totally capable in so many amazing ways.
Yea!
Isn't life great?
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TREADGENTLY 6/27/2013 3:17PM

    Screenplays. Cool! I've never written one. I used to write short stories, and poems, mostly, and have a couple books half written - including my life story. I get bored with the longer projects. I've learned to write succinctly - due to my stint at the newspaper, and don't care for sentences that get carried away with themselves. :)
I would like to do a movie - a comedy, with meaning - concerning the environment, though humor is not ,my strong point. I'm often way too serious (gotta lighten up!).
So, what are the themes of your plays? Have any of them been staged with audience, and all?
My newest DSLR (expensive), has excellent movie capability. learning to shoot videos, and edit them is on my "to do" list.
thanks for reading my blog, and, responding.

maureen



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CAPECODBABE 6/27/2013 2:33PM

    Yes, life is great!

I write screenplays and sometimes spend a lot of time naming my characters only to change their names halfway through...

My kids were named after relatives -
which would be different if I had it to do again.

Michael James
Sarah Anne
Samuel John

Great blog (I know it was written in March...)

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