My Name Is Rolene

When I switched on my radio this morning, Michael Jackson’s voice filled my room while the sun beamed through the small openings between the blinds. “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways.” At first I heard: “… change his ‘name’.” This made me think; why on earth would someone want to change his name?

It felt as if with the sun shone on me with instant insight. The way you recognize yourself, is by your name. If you’re not comfortable with whom you are, you are self-evidently not comfortable or proud of your name.

According to the Oxford South African dictionary a name is a word or set of words by which someone or something is known. If you think about it, you unconsciously connect a name with a person, a personality and with the feeling you get when you are around that certain person. There is a magical type of energy to a name, whether it is positive or negative. I for one know that when I hear someone’s name for the first time, I associate it with a friend or someone I know who shares the same name. Without thinking about it, I immediately create my own idea of who this unknown person is. I associate the familiar feeling I get while around my friend with this new person, until I get to know him or her well enough to not do so anymore.

I have a very creative way of thinking and believe that by naming someone, whilst having knowledge of that name, you indirectly affect someone’s being. In the Bible, names where given to describe people, and in a way to describe his or her destiny. For example; Abram was renamed as Abraham who means “Father of multitude.” The destiny written in his name is alive ‘til this day.

The power in naming someone is underestimated these days. William Shakespeare showed true understanding of a name with Juliet’s words: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

It is you who give meaning to your name and not the other way around. Even though, naming someone should be a thoughtful process for doing so is like giving that person a reputation to live up to.

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways,” for by changing his ways he gives a new meaning to his name.