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that’s already it. I appreciate people who are different from me. It fascinates me to learn how to perceive things from their point of view.
Probably their individual struggle and how everyone just shines differently in different struggles.
My partner is very different to me and as such I get to understand perceptions that I would never even had thought about! At first this was really uncomfortable but now I appreciate how it incredibly broadens my own outlook…
Their languages and even nuances within the same language from different parts of the world.
The wonderful warmth of a group of ‘Silver Souls’ I was part of during my years as a member of All Souls Church in Washington D.C.
Everyone I feel is different in a way, and still, is not. We share so much in being human as good as possible, of needing and wanting to reduce suffering in ourselves and others, of needing warmth and love and food and as well a spiritual perspective, and still there is so much richness in difference, of experiences, sensations, capacities and gifts to share in everyone, which for sure differs from my personal being here and which I appreciate a lot when having the pleasure and gift to really meet someone and these differences may appear and make our encounter blossom.
Gosh, I am really struggling with this question. Maybe I will answer like this. Even though others are different from me, they are really more alike than me than I think. I started to jot down qualities that I admire in others and had this whole list, but they could just as easily say that about my qualities. I still do not know if I am answering the question! Guess I will read others responses. 🙂
I appreciate the struggles that so many of my friends and colleagues from other countries dealt with (and continue to do so). To change cultures and everything about your former life to survive–and thrive–in a new place is monumental, and a quality that I deeply admire.
The quotation this morning made me appreciate, again, how this site pulls quotes from a great diversity of people and cultures. I appreciate the wisdom of people different from me, with different experiences and perspectives.
I also love cultural diversity and experiencing it. Coming from an artist family, I deeply appreciate well made traditional crafts. Yesterday I was going through a box and came across some items from different lands. There was a toran, a gift from a neighbor’s mother from Mumbai, which hung over my door for years (for luck). It will now go to my daughter. There was also a very small colorfully woven churro blanket from Oaxaca, which I will find a place to hang. And in my bedroom here I have a small, exquisitely made, hand-knotted carpet from Iran. Each of these things to me are treasures of culture. I deeply enjoy speaking to people from different backgrounds, sharing different foods, learning from them their views of politics or other issues. I even love the looks of different faces.
One doesn’t have to be from a different culture to be different. Some of my neighbors are very different from us, but again, it helps me to learn new perspectives.
And my children. My children are different from me. And now that they are young adults that has become clear, and they are different from each other, too. And aside from my usual pitch for them to care more about climate change, I celebrate their differences. It is a joy to ask my children what they think about something and not get my own thoughts parroted back! It is a deep, rich gift, that others are different from us.
In my team at work, we all purposefully came together because we have different skill sets. We complement each other to build a business. I’m better at marketing than I am at sales, so it was such a relief to partner up with someone who can take off my plate. My partner is different from me in his love language, how he deals with his emotions, his needs, etc. I appreciate it because without another perspective, I can easily get lost in my head. He keeps me grounded and present.
Makes life more interesting to interact with people who are different from me. Mind-broadening. I especially find it fascinating to interact with people from diverse cultures and countries. I have students in school who come from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Vietnam. I can’t make assumptions about what they or their families experience and think, so it keeps me on my toes in a good way.
I appreciate that people different from you help me to understand the differences. Think that I’m not the only now and that everyone has its own battle with themselves. Also learning new perspectives and that anything isn’t so terrible as it looks like.
I am reflecting so much on the differences and variety of responses as an example of how we are all so different from one another, yet the same in many ways. Yes, we are all human, but if those who want to stretch that sameness, we are also all mammals, animals, how much further shall we stretch that sameness? But to hold our humanity in tension or tandem with our sameness is our uniqueness. To acknowledge that is critical for our life together. Yes, trees are all trees, birds are all birds, but what adds the deepest richness to this life is the uniqueness of each one. I have 11 grandchildren – they are all mine, bear my name, and share some of the same physical characteristics, values and mannerisms as their grandparents. But the joy they bring me is in their differences, their hopes, their dreams, the journeys on which they will take us. Some are readers; others haven’t picked up a book since first grade, except in scho0l. Some are athletes; 2 others have physical and/or cognitive challenges that prevent them from fully participating in regular school athletics. All love their phones, but for all different reasons. One is a mechanic by trade and a great daddy and adventurer by avocation. One is on her way to becoming a chiropractor, and though she loves a good social gathering, prefers the solitude of her own space. Diversity in all its many colors, flavors and textures is the joy of my life. Like Kevin, there is enough Katrina for me.
I get to see the world and my own views from another perspective, if I am open minded enough to do so.
There are no people different than me, we’re all human beings, striving to live a purposeful life. We all want love and safety. Some of us don’t recognize this sameness we share but that’s OK. We’re still members of the family called Humanity.
Yes DeVonna a good reminder that the differences between us are more on the surface of our humanity. Thanks.
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