My husband and I are very different. People say opposites attract and that may be true but communication is what distinguishes if they will make it passed the attraction. For my husband and I honestly and a good dose of humor help a lot.
I have friends from all walks of life, all backgrounds, going through a wide range of challenges and successes. To me, friendship isn't about what I would do in their situation. It is about being there to listen and support what they are doing to get through their situation. It is about celebrating their successes, no matter what that looks like to them, because they want to celebrate.
I have a sweatshirt that says, "Humanity is my race, Love is my religion." I get asked a lot about what I believe. But my beliefs shouldn't really matter to anyone but me. Beliefs are they way we individually choose to interpret life and speak to whatever power comforts us. As long as those are not inflicting harm on others, I have no problem with any beliefs.
It is my belief that no religion was actually built for violence. It is the followers fear and the people in "charge" miscommunication and misinterpretations that lead to judgments and violence. So let's put all of that aside and just communicate. We are all people. We are all significant in our ability to impact this world and all so temporary in the time we have to do that. Why not make our time here worth it? Why not spread love?
I'm grateful to listen. I'm grateful to do my best to speak from love and not from fear. I'm grateful when I am corrected when I don't see the error of my mistakes so that I can apologize. I'm grateful for religions that give people hope and comfort. I'm grateful for communities that support. I'm grateful for people being authentically themselves no matter what gender, belief, or career that presents. I'm grateful to have a variety of friends from a variety of backgrounds, outlooks, and with a variety of goals. I'm grateful to love each of them. I'm grateful to try each day to do my part to make this world a supportive and loving place. I'm grateful for every person doing the same. I'm grateful to know we can make a difference.
On a personal note, I'm grateful for the things my husband and I have in common like Jeep camping. I'm grateful for all our differences that help make each of us more rounded. I'm grateful we do not hold the same religion because it makes our perspectives that much more love based. I'm grateful to give both perspectives and any others we can share with my daughter so that she can choose when she is older what works for her. I'm grateful to see all this as simple; it is not complicated to give love.
How many perspectives do you allow in your life? How can you step passed yours to give love to the people around you who are different?
May we keep it simple. May we recognize we are all the same at our core. May we show love and respect for our fellow humans. And may we make this world a more loving, accepting place for future generations. Have a beautiful day!