May 6, 2021

Learning from others…

I have always tried to keep an open mind to people who I meet and the ones that I call friends.The diversity of our society can offer wisdom to us all if we are open to except it. We can learn from others.

           I will admit that I find myself wanting to stay within the comfort zone of my on beliefs and convictions.(being surrounded by people who think as I do) It is great living in that comfort zone, but I ask if that is all I ever do… hang out with “my peeps”.  How will I ever learn anything new?  So meeting and engaging myself into the lives of others whom have different beliefs and convictions, almost always renders a feeling in me that I have broadened my intellectual being.  Learning something new or being exposed to a different prospective from others that don’t “walk our walk” or “talk our talk” makes us not only wiser, but grow as a person .

      Today social media sites such as Facebook are to me the best example of us all treading the waters of diversity, and we do this all in the privacy of our homes. We are watching and listening to ours friends via the computer. We carry on conversations with people we may have not seen in 20 years. We see their lives being lived out in pictures and opinions. Sharing our differences could not be made more comfortable than Facebook.  Expressing your difference of opinion in the comfort of you home in front of your computer instead of standing in front of your friends is so much less invasive. What a way to connect and socialize with a diverse society.  In closing remember exposing yourself to different views doesn’t compromise your beliefs and convictions, but just offers a different prospective. And if your open to it well, you may just learn something.  Stephen Spurling