As my kids were going through the candy they received from fall festivals, harvest parties and trick-or-treating, I noticed they each had a favorite. There were some they definitely wanted and others they were willing to trade. The candy was all shapes, sizes, colors, textures and had different tastes. There was no candy that was any better than the other because they were all different. And at least one of them liked each piece of candy.
Just like that mix of harvest candy is all different, but tasty, we are all different. It doesn’t make any of us better than anyone else. We are different sizes, shapes, colors, classes, ethnicities, etc. but we are all the same. We make up this great human race.
One thing I try to do on a regular basis is hear other people’s stories. You can learn so much just from listening to someone. You can pick up on their background, how they were raised, what their interests are, what obstacles they’ve faced, and what they’re passionate about in just a few minutes. If we are quick to listen and slower to speak and judge, we will learn to appreciate the differences in others. It is what makes our world an enjoyable and exciting place in which to live.
Next time you are faced with getting skittles and you would rather have a snickers bar, learn to appreciate what the skittles have to offer and maybe you’ll get a snickers bar next time. 😊
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger. Connect with Coletta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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