We are more alike. These are powerful words I remember from a recent Apple TV commercial. I had to explore this and found that Maya Angelou was narrating one of her poems, “The Human Family” who says “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
If you read my blog, you know I believe we should embrace and celebrate our uniqueness…but what of our commonality? We are all human beings. We breathe the same air. We have hopes and fears. We seek to be loved. We seek security. We seek a better world for ourselves and families.
How do we find this commonality?
We explore our deep-held beliefs to know the “why” of our thoughts. This requires “inner work” which is not emphasized in our culture.
We choose to have a deeper conversation. We move beyond the weather and sports to purpose, dreams and goals. We actively listen…to understand the “why” of another’s thoughts. The other person needs to know that we heard their words AND meaning. Listening is the first step to understanding.
We respectfully disagree. We grow from hearing another point-of-view and seeking to understand it. We may not yet be ready to integrate a new thought today…but maybe another day it will make sense.
We seek everyday courage and choose to make a positive difference with our actions…in our own unique way. We are part of something bigger than ourselves and immediate families and must own our part.
Let’s embrace our commonality too.