Differences are Strength

As some members of our US audience are celebrating Labor Day with family and friends, I want to invite all of us to celebrate differences.

Look around at the people in your life. Do they all look, talk and act like you or are some on very different paths?
Think about the people you admire. What’s a difference that you love about them?

Our human brains have evolved to inherently look for sameness. Back in our cave person days, our brains equated same with safety. Let’s face it, it’s not like early tribes of cave people were traveling very far, so sameness was all they knew.

Today we have the ability to find differences everywhere, yet we often end up following that old brain wiring and surrounding ourselves with people who are very much the same.

What if we tried to do it differently? What if this week we find a new television channel or a celebrity who doesn’t look like us on social media? Learn about what makes that person different and celebrate that as a strength.

We can travel to a different city or country to find differences. Mark Twain said that travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Many say travel is a privilege. I agree with both. If you don’t have the means or desire to travel to expose yourself to different kinds of people, I bet you can find them very close to home.

Not sure where to start? I’m happy to help. Comment here or drop me a line. I’d love to celebrate some differences with you.

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