We are More Alike than Unalike

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Dr. Maya Angelou

Best present everI love this picture. It captures the essence of Maya Angelou’s quote. I can’t remember having an awareness of skin color or cultural difference before I entered the first grade. We were all just kids, playing and having fun.  In 1970, my parents gave me a “Baby Know it All” doll for Christmas. I had never really thought about it until I opened the box – this was the first time I saw a doll that didn’t have blonde hair or white skin. Although she was African American, I immediately felt that she was much more like me than my other dolls. Her hair and eyes were dark, like mine.

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Are Your Perceptions Reality?

“The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. What is grievance? The baggage of old thought and emotion.”
Lao Tzu

The baggage of old thought and emotion holds the power to change not only our perception, but our entire lives. It can taint our view of the world, the people we encounter, and how we view ourselves.  This summer, a random encounter with a stranger led to a profound exchange of perception based emotions.

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