“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1600.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. How very true, this notion that it doesn’t matter what you call something; it only matters what it truly is. But do we all apply this in our everyday life?
Let’s say for example, we have a woman named Jane. Jane grew up in Ohio, has two loving parents, three siblings, is a widow with a four year old son, and is wickedly smart, funny and kind. She is a wonderful friend and the kind of person that would give her jacket to a shivering stranger. Now, what does Jane do for a living? Jane is a Politician. Jane is a Pediatric Nurse. Jane is a Preschool teacher. Jane is a Preacher. Jane is a Prostitute. Is Jane by any other name, still as sweet?
Think about that for a second.
Did you hesitate for a moment on any of those occupations? And if so, why?
People are complex. It can never be as simple and as black and white as you may like it to be. We all possess many character traits, attributes, strengths and weaknesses. What is important to remember, is that you should not discount someone or their character because of one thing. It is not black and white. One thing does not cancel out another.
Jane is wickedly smart, funny and kind. She is a wonderful friend and the kind of person that would give her jacket to a shivering stranger.
I am going to carry this thought with me today.