If we slap a tagline on ourselves, are we helping people understand us or are we limiting what can be understood about us?

Today’s Daily Prompt is called “Tagline.”  The editor asks, “Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?”

A tagline is something that gives a viewpoint. Where are you coming from? Where are you looking from? What’s your angle? A tagline is really a label, isn’t it? And a label symbolizes something or someone by imbuing an added significance according to a viewpoint.

We give ourselves and other people taglines all the time.

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride; Village Idiot; Ain’t Nobody’s Fool; Show Me the Money!; Groceries; Know It All; Earth Mama; Your Worst Nightmare; My Precious; Stands With a Fist; Diamond in the Rough; Hellbent for Leather; the Ol’ Ball and Chain; My Better Half; God’s Gift to Women . . .

God's Gift to Women
God’s Gift to Women (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taglines can be cruel, kind, endearing or damning depending on The Viewpoint. We look down, we look up, we look sideways and cross-ways at people we know or meet. You can go all philosophical  and deep-think with them or just express some momentary whimsy and humor.

Sometimes we ask people to look at us from a certain viewpoint. Like when we put a bumper sticker on the car. I have a neighbor who has a bumper sticker on his car that says, “I poke badgers with spoons.” What is that supposed to make us think? I chuckle at the originality but is he saying he’s extremely brave or that he indulges in animal cruelty? Probably neither. Wry sense of humor, maybe? Pumpernickel? (Work with me here.)

I have no bumper stickers on my car. I resist labeling myself with a tagline. My viewpoint can change in an instant! I can consider in one way and then have another consideration right after that. And so can you, I believe.

That is called “creating your life and being the author of your own truth.” Not indecisive—Flexible. Not fixed—Infinitely Possible. Not living a lie—Honestly Looking. Magic Carpet Ride, perhaps. (See how easy it is to lapse into taglines?)

The tagline for my blog is, “Adventures in Healthy Living.” That is meant to give you a viewpoint that goes along with My Cooking Life. My game is to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences as they relate to my viewpoint about cooking and the adventure of living a great life. And like my blog’s tagline, my personal tagline (if I had one) would also have to be very open-ended Blah, blah, blah..

What good is it, may I ask, to have a tagline if you then have to explain it to people?

So in keeping with the theme of this blog. . . for the moment . . . as anti-climactic as it seems to me now . . .my personal tagline could be

Smorgasbord—Anything and Everything or Nothing At All!

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  3. May I share your tag line, too? I have no idea what mine might currently be and it’s still too early in the morning to come up with something all-encompassing. Enjoyed reading this, though!

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