Liv’s Mindful Minute: “What’s in a name?”
One of my favorite lines from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I was blessed with a name I love “Olivia.” My mother picked it because she liked how it sounded and translated into many languages. When I was in the 3rd grade I saw a sign with my name on it in a Christian bookstore. It said “Olivia, Bearer of Peace.” This seemed right. I tended to be the calm in the chaos even then. Olivia is derived from “Olive.” The Olive branch is historically and internationally a symbol of peace. Olivia is first to have been used in a Shakespeare play. I believe she was a Queen :) Anyway I love all of it and have always connected with my name. This year three amazing people I know changed their first name! The first one is one of my soul sisters. I was surprised when she told me but I think she is greatest so anything that makes her more secure and happy in her radiance I support. The new name fit her like a hand stitched Italian leather glove. I started to integrate her new name into my conversations. Each time I mentioned her someone would say “What a cool name.” I felt cooler for knowing someone with the confidence, security, inner strength and wisdom to do such a thing. She was guided by another Divine soul but aren’t we all! More importantly she listened and was open to this change! A-mazing. The second person was someone I just met but he assured me he preferred his new name to the one he was first introduced to me as. Nothing was wrong with his first name. It was a fine name but not him. I love his new name and the other day someone who has known him much longer than me used his former name. I literally had no idea who they were talking about when weeks before I would have been using that name too. Then yesterday another brave sister that I adore proclaimed her new name. By the third time I think I finally got it! I told her I loved her, her new name, and encouraged her to continue to be the best she can possibly be! These three souls with their new names make this world a better place. Their bravery is to be applauded. Their inner self and voices deserve a shout out! While I think I’ll keep Olivia (for now) and hope my kids (when I have them) love their names too…I hope they will love their inner brightness even more! If they decide to change any part of their name I hope to support and applaud them. I should be well trained by then.
Thanks to 3 brave souls I think a rose might smell even sweeter if she woke up one day and decided to be Claire. I think Shakespeare would agree. Whatever your name. I wish you, your soul, and your search for your Divine self much love, peace and joy.
Liv (for now)