What’s in a Name?

Decades ago I was given a small wooden plaque that had my name and its meaning decoupaged on it. It read: Marcia – A Brave Heart.

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As I reflect on my life, I am reminded of times I needed to rely on my “brave heart” during trying and difficult circumstances. A former colleague named me “Courageous Marcia” as we worked toward achieving the example our Director modeled for us: do the right thing for the right reasons – even when the right thing is the hardest thing to do. That takes courage. So I wonder: How can the meaning of my name make a difference in how I intentionally live my life?

This morning, as I read from Ann Voskamp’s beautiful book, One Thousand Gifts, I noticed the word “brave” in a certain sentence – the word jumped off the page and the sentence grabbed my attention: “The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.” Wow!

This reminded me of a saying I heard years ago: Gratitude is the greatest multiplier of good. Currently I am writing each night in my Gratitude Journal. As I pause to reflect on the day, I write three things I am grateful for that happened that day – big or small; significant or not. Just notice and be grateful. This practice keeps me present, appreciative, and positive.  And, what if I could make a difference in this world? What if I, with my “brave heart”, could be an agent of change that brings Love and Light to life? This is my purpose as I live out my life on this earth.

What about you? Your name is personal – how you are identified, recognized, called forth. So I’m curious – what is the meaning or interpretation of your name? How has it impacted your life? What difference would it make if you intentionally lived up to the meaning or interpretation of your name? Please let me know your comments – I’d love to hear your insight.

“Be the change you’d like to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi