Embracing Differences and Finding Our Shared Humanity

In these contentious times, I find myself searching for the good that often gets lost in the noise. The things that connect us, instead of divide us. Embracing our differences and working through tough conversations feels like the only path to heal our divisions.

I have been reading a lot of Brene Brown’s work lately to better understand the division and unkind words and behaviors that are so common today. In her book, “Rising Strong,” Brene shares an attribute that helps people live a wholehearted life.

“When we believe people are doing the best they can, we can stay out of judgment.”

-Brene Brown

We are so quick to judge others on surface behaviors that we forget there is likely much more to the story. The behavior that we disagree with often stems from some deep fears or pain a person is struggling with. 

Embracing Differences and Our Shared Humanity

When we pause and try to believe that each person is doing the best they can, we step back into our shared humanity. We get curious about this person’s life and experiences that shaped their beliefs and behaviors. 

In today’s polarized world, this is not an easy task. We are quick to react, quick to make assumptions, quick to label, and ultimately to judge others. 

My daughter showed me this video by filmmaker, speaker and activist, Prince EU. What a perfect reminder of what really connects all of us.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

—Maya Angelou

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