My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Our differences are what make the world an interesting place to be.
We’re a body with genes; but more than that, we’re our upbringing, education, environment and circumstances; but more than that, we’re a consciousness with special aptitudes and qualities; but more than that, we’re each a unique spark of God.
Someone said, “Who is wise? One who learns from all people.”
As Max de Pree says, “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up,” says Jesse Jackson. Diversity and inclusion are about giving value to every human being, no matter our differences. As Verna Myers says, “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
In this article I want to talk about how we can better appreciate, empathize with, and respect the diverse people, energies, and opinions that we come in contact with on a daily basis. Continues...
This last week I had the opportunity to experience something very powerful. Instead of simply hearing about or reading about the poor or the homeless, I spent a week with them in the poorest sections and skid row sections of Los Angeles. And I learned some lessons that have an application for all us that want to be better communicators, better motivators, and better relationship builders. Continues...