Do We Differ On Difference?

An old Chinese proverb states, “Different flowers look good to different people.” Each of us views things differently, appreciates different aspects of life, offers different qualities to situations, shares different perspectives to relationships and more. Thank goodness! We each bring different gifts to this world. We all have different work to do in this lifetime. We all face different challenges and handle them differently from one another too. This is a fact of life, yet there are those who find fault in differences.

Some people have a difficult time accepting a person’s differences. They feel threatened, critical, unwelcome or unheard if someone holds a different opinion, role, thought or position. They feel unless there is union and agreement then there is nothing positive to see.

Our lives are actually enriched when we honor these differences. These add energy to what otherwise could become stagnant. Ronald Heifetz states, "...conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don't learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference." Things will only change in this world by our honoring and celebrating these differences.

Feeling threatened by someone with an opposing point of view obstructs growth. Resenting or rejecting differences creates negative energies for all involved. Exploring possibilities, allowing room for alternatives, creating a foundation for choice inspires, invigorates and supports. What role would you rather hold?

As we become more and more secure in who we are, we develop more compassion for others. We also give way to the differences between us. And even more beautiful, we begin to appreciate, honor and applaud these differences. Our inner truth recognizes the wisdom in this action. Our authentic self is not threatened. Our spiritual connection with one another is celebrated and encouraged. Our differences are what make us rich!

Blessings ~ Lisa

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