- Badges tell others who we are. "Hi, my name is....."
- They show our business or association, where we're from.
- Frequently, our badges include what we do (ie. customer service rep).
All that information is helpful, and we assume it's accurate. Many badges even allow us entrance to our place of employment. That's pretty handy.
But what about the important stuff badges don't tell us about each other?
- Hi, my name is Alice. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, child of God. (Do you think there's a company that would want all that on employee badges?)
- Or how about, my name is Alice. I come from a family that has struggled with depression, substance abuse, and co-dependency. (TMI?)
- What about, my name is Alice. I get a paycheck for teaching, but I read, I write, I love spending time with my husband and kids, and one day I hope to go back to Italy.
Oh, I get it. In our efficient world, we may not have time or need to know so much "personal" intel on the people we meet or work with. But what would happen if once in a while we looked beyond the badges? What if we remembered we are a great deal more than "My name is . . .", and so is everyone around us?
I dare you! I dare me! I dare us to look once at someone's badge this week, and twice at them. I dare us to become more than a badge.