Embrace being different

Embrace being different

Recently, in a class we went over some questions that we are to ask older adults to test their cognitive function (part of Mini Mental State Exam).  One of the test we administer are Registration. We state to the patient 3 words that have nothing to do with each other and they are immediately asked to repeat these words to the Dr. 

This got my wheels turning. 

I thought to myself, what if my three words were White people, Black people, Hispanic people. My mind immediately jumps to well Chris those words are related. Then I think, well are they? In the world that we live in today there are so many distractors. Distracting us from the simplicity of knowing that the 3 statements listed above are without a doubt similar and related to one another. 

 

What are these distractors?

  • Acts of violence amongst races

  • Racism continuing to show itself 

  • Children hating other children

  • School shootings 

We are all God's children. He made us and we are all equal in His eyes. Equal as in He loves us the same. But we are all unique. We should be accepting of this uniqueness. We speak different languages, we are different shades of skin, we have different talents, and different senses of humor. The bible says in Romans 12:6-8 NLT

 

"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly."

 

There is an old quote that my yoga teacher use to tell us daily.

"Being different is one of the most beautiful things on earth. Embrace your "you" ness."

We do not have to be the same. It's ok to be different. The bible states this. Lets embrace each other and our own unique individual characteristics. Most importantly lets teach the our future, soon to be adults that being different is cool and to accept each others "coolness."


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