These past few weeks have been ones of reflection for my family and I, so when I happened to hear the familiar chords of “Auld Lang Syne” on the radio, it made me pause. What struck me about the lyrics to this song, however, was that they’re not only about reflecting on the past, but of using those past memories to spark happiness today and into the future.
Shakespeare was on to something when he so astutely pointed out that a rose is a rose no matter what we call it. But can we go so far as to say that the names we use don’t matter at all? I think they do. And perhaps one of the most important things names do is provide us with a way to connect.