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Thank you for this question and the many thoughtful reflections.
I am seeking out and reading a greater diversity of writers these days, which feels like a start. Perhaps the next step is to seek out a volunteer commitment to celebrate diversity in a more full-bodied way… Food is another doorway. Darn Covid. Will keep it simple and doable! 🙂
When I began my company I believed I needed to be as universal as possible. I tuned down my light to attempt to heal everyone, FYI that doesn’t work. Therefore after 3years I have finally allowed myself to coach as ME. I am excited and interested in coaching as myself vs trying to be perfect, not curse & always look professional. I currently feel very empowered to coach others as my true self and I hope this energy empowers and influences others to do the same.
Thank you for this question
Am fortunate to be surrounded by a younger generation that is very conscious of this. So I’ll start with an awareness and I’ve also been going out of my way to read novels by people who are not: white, straight, cis, male, first world.
I often look for music from different countries in different languages and have that playing in the background. It’s quite something for my kids to try and guess the different languages they hear in the songs and opens up communication regarding said countries between us.
By embracing change, accepting new things and learning when to say no too expanding my own comfort zone with my life and what I do. This way I allow diversity in my life that enriches my soul.
When it comes to people I have a multitude of different characters in my life and I remain committed to not judging the new people I meet, opening them into my life with open arms as best I can.
Read books by authors of all races and colors. Engage and interact with new people.
I could make more of an effort to reach out and become close friends with people who have different backgrounds than me. I love learning from others and visiting others, but typically haven’t become close friends.
Committing to a celebration of life and all the variety and spice of the day, whether it be uplifting, cooling, earthy, fruity, natural, hot, nutty, piney, or spicy and carrying that over into better appreciating the uniqueness and diversity of my family, friends and everyone I come in contact with throughout the day, whether it be in-person or on-line.
A year ago I decided ( as the household cook) to make more ethnic varied meals. My menus include middle eastern, East Indian, European as well as Ethiopian, and Moroccan dishes. I used to live primarily on the standard meat and potatoes way. My change in cooking has opened up my mind and senses to food as well as the multi cultures our world has.
By consciously recognizing that we are not the only life form on this wonderful planet and that all life should be celebrated.
For several years I’ve been facilitating a “friendly conversation club” for English as a second language newcomers. I do this to broaden my circle of friends and acquaintances to include more people who aren’t like me – to experience and celebrate the richness of my pluralistic city (Vancouver). I am deeply committed to the ongoing process of becoming an honourable ally to my Indigenous friends through learning and standing beside. My humble offerings toward righting the imbalance of white baby boomer privilege. Onward.
I’m at home most of the time …but I enjoy celebrating diversity through food… there are so many amazing cuisines around there world.. I enjoy cooking a lot, but also exploring and taking advantage of the diverse restaurants nearby.
I have been pondering this question for some time now, thanks to the raised awareness, as I do not live in a very diverse area.
I celebrate the notion without any action, if that makes any sense. So I am pondering how to take thought and put it into action.
My life has been enriched by living in a diverse community in the U.S. and by being exposed to many global cultures, at least in small ways. When I was little, my family also lived for a while among the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca. In those days the Mexicans looked down at the indigenous very negatively, as being dirty, ignorant, unreligious, etc. I treasure the memory of my mother telling me to never think of them as unclean, she said “they may have floors of dirt, but they sweep them twice a day.” And it was true. It was the beginning of my understanding to respect all people, regardless of their poverty, health, or education, and that their lives are just as rich and they have knowledge just as valuable as my college education. I have a few treasures in my home to remind me of that place and time, baskets and wool blankets woven of Churro wool and died with local dyes.
Seeking diversity can be done in more than one way, but in my opinion, the only way that counts with people is one that is equal.
My community today normally includes four multi-church non-denominational services throughout the year. The churches have also been trying to bring our community together by getting folk to sometimes go to other church services. What they have found is the blacks in our community will sometimes visit the white churches, but that the whites won’t walk into a black church for services, and this from open-minded people. We just don’t think. We still often hold that unconscious belief that everyone would rather be like us, and… they don’t. I’m not a church-goer, but I have been considering doing this once Covid is passed.
The point I’m trying to make is that celebrating diversity isn’t always about bringing it in to wherever we are, but instead about bring us into whatever home, church, workplace or organization that is unfamiliar to us. Why, as a white person, can’t I be willing to be a minority in a room?
The answer is, I can. And so can everyone, be willing to be a minority, and in this way celebrate diversity.
I celebrate and honor diversity in a number of ways. I run an education organization that does online courses for teachers. We have recently expanded our selection of courses on social justice. One in particular deals with teaching about systemic racism. We have also been supporting a project in Africa for many years. While we live in South Carolina with a high percentage of African-American citizens we have found The neighborhoods and lives are pretty segregated down here. African Americans native to this area tend to keep to themselves and the Black people we do now mostly have come from other places up north. I feel like the black acquaintances we know we don’t see much of. Of course the virus situation is interrupting pretty much our whole social life down here.
By not being too rigid in life. Accepting change as it happens. Everything changes, nothing stays the same
Celebration of diversity? Diversity of activities in my life I already have, thankfully. Diversity of employment for many people may not be something that they would celebrate because that usually means that they need to hold down multiple jobs to survive. Greater diversity of race and culture within my surroundings I would greatly welcome and celebrate, but first, I would need to move out of suburbia, which at this stage of my life is unlikely. Diversity of daily routines may be joyously celebrated by one person, yet experienced as utter chaos, threatening, and nonsensical by the next person. Even the word, diversity itself, seemingly can be diverse.
This past Christmas my daughter and I made our first batch of Coquito. We are not Puerto Rican/latin but I wanted to try it. (it was delicious, a keeper for sure). I work with many people of different cultures and enjoy learning about them. Food is a great way to incorporate diversity.
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