Our cats are like chalk and cheese - one is fluffy, stocky and sleeps 23 hours a day, and the other is slinky, curious and always on the go. Each has her weaknesses and her strengths, and each has qualities that are endearing or annoying. If they were both the same it would be too much - their differences create balance.
People are like that - we all have different stories to tell, different paths we've taken, different personality traits, and different approaches to life. Despite our differences, we all have lots to offer in regard to the world we live in, our friendships and our in our families. The world would be an incredibly boring place if we were all middle class, white bread women.
I'm hoping we celebrate the differences, I'd like to see us embrace people who have a different world view to ours and see where our areas of commonality are, rather than only seeing what divides us. Life is short and we have so much to learn and appreciate - there is so much we can teach each other if only we stop long enough to listen.
My posts next month are going to be about happiness and the ways I've learned to grow it in my own life. Choices play a big role in finding ongoing happiness - there's a different flavour for everyone, but we all make choices along the way to create our own version of happiness. Accepting the fact that everyone is different and yet valuable in their own right is one of the keys to being able to let annoyances go. Remembering things are different and not necessarily meant to annoy us can give us so much freedom. Let's celebrate our differences and see where they take us.