When I walk daily, I intentionally “unplug”. There is nothing on my body to indicate how many steps I have taken during my four-mile walk. I listen to the birds singing and ducks honking as they make love to spring. I notice new flowers in bloom. I am at peace. Yet sometimes, today, for instance, unwanted thoughts insert themselves as a result of something I heard on the news. Today it was the concept of “Othering.” I wouldn’t say I like it and I like even less the fact that it is being intentionally used in this season’s political lexicon. It is not good news. When do we begin to respond to differences as negative rather than positive?
What if we all could see and be seen as equal to – unique, not as part of a collective group – be addressed and spoken about, by our name – be encouraged to be ourselves – be given enough time to be culturally competent… be given the time and opportunity to understand – to be listened to, and understood.”
What if we learned to be together, even though we are not the same? What possibilities would we uncover?
Seated at the table today is Ambreen Rizvi, a phenomenal woman who is also passionate about Inclusion and Diversity. Take a listen. Grade yourself.Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.