Saturday, 30 May 2015
What's in a Name?
My good friend Jean Rolt of "Tregear Vean" who is currently awaiting surgery to remove a growth on her face, brought home to me very sharply the importance of names.
In a recent post she blogged that giving the 'wart' with which she has lived for years a title has totally changed her perception of it.
Have names really such power? Yes, I think they have.
Someone living in an abusive relationship which has become habitual, often fails to recognise it for what it is and when finally brought to realisation by an outside source will at first deny and only then become shocked by it being named.
My late husband who had been unwell for many years was finally diagnosed with the disease which killed him, was completely unprepared for the naming of his disease, and from that day onward began to live differently, much more fearfully than before.
On an apparently different level, when i was singing back in the sixties and seventies, I was almost paralysed by fear when faced with the prospect of an audition. Yet, if someone, no matter how exalted or famous said to me "come and sing this to me", I was relaxed and able to perform at my best. Is the word 'audition' really so terrifying?
People who have done a particular job for many years without any real recognition of their efforts will be overwhelmed by the job being given a title. The job will remain the same, but the person who does the job will be for ever changed.
So, what is in a name?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:31:00 am