Something I’ve alway believed in is appreciating and loving people for who they choose to be. Regardless of how different they are compared to me. One of my favorite humans, known by the name of “Jane Elliot,” once explained the beauty of being different. She used the characteristics of a salad to get her point across.
Jane says… “Think of this country as a salad bowl. How many of you make a salad by throwing the green peppers, the red peppers, the tomatoes, the lettuce, the celery, the onions, into a blender, blending them up, pouring them into glasses and passing them around with various kinds of dressing? (Shakes her head no…) You want all the components in that salad to maintain their flavor, their shape, their size, their texture, their color, because it makes for a more interesting whole. – Jane Elliot.”
The world is a crazy, beautiful place. It’s filled with many individuals all with different shapes, and sizes, and colors, and sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, genders, and more. And that is why I love this crazy, beautiful, chaotic world.
It’s time to celebrate our differences and stop being ashamed of them. Well, that is as long as our differences don’t bring harm and death to others around us. But that’s an entirely different discussion.