What's In A Title?

Dr.  Mr.  Ms.  Mrs.  Professor.  Guru.  So-and-so's Mommy.  Life Coach.  

We have our titles.  The labels that proceed our name...our presence.  Many of us are in the process of (or craving) obtaining a title.  We list them on our "About" pages and our business cards.  Some titles we chose consciously, others not so freely.  Some we cling to, some we try to shed.

A title is a doorway.  There are doorways that most of us trust - doorways labeled with a title that says what is offered here is of value.  (Behind the Dr. door is healing, behind the professor door is answers, behind the Mommy door is love.)

The problems is that, more and more often, what is behind the door doesn't always provide the value we were hoping for.  The doctor can't heal our aches, the professor doesn't answer our questions, so-and-so's mommy offers judgment instead of love.

Part of the problem could be the over-abundance of noise behind the title.

For example, what does the doorway "yoga teacher" lead to nowadays?  There are so many with this title, so many yelling out from behind it.  Same with "life coach", "lawyer", "blogger", "goddess", "artist", and even "doctor".

The title no longer equates with what it used to.

Part of the problem could be the reliance on the title instead of the person.

When we open a door, we do so with expectations.  When we position ourselves behind a door, we do so with a feeling of righteousness.  In both situations, we give a great amount of power to the title.  

But the title is just that - a title.  The doorways do not lead to a room, rather, a big open field where all of us roam.  Each of us has different titles, moving from area to area, to be found behind this door and that.  

When we can open to the person behind the title(s) instead of opening only to an expectation from a title, we might find what we were looking for.  

Part of the problem could be that we are looking in the wrong place.  

Often we open door after door to find answers....when all we needed to do was stop looking at the titles and instead, look within.