This new year, why not give yourself the gift of peaceful relationships? Choosing people over politics requires some mental and emotional energy, as it is rarely achieved by merely avoiding conflicts or people that make us feel uncomfortable. Rather, we must be prepared to move a little out of our comfort zone because peaceful relationships involve engaging in more dialogue, less debates. More fellowship over meals, less marching against each other. More giving the benefit of the doubt, less distrust and hostility. More humility and vulnerability, less assumptions and guardedness.
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2) Join a variety of groups to increase cultural awareness and knowledge of other ways of living and thinking. Multiculturalism is a value to be actively pursued. After all, humans come in diverse ethnicities, nationalities, cultures, passions and persuasions (diversity of thought), etc… Generally, different groups have different sets of experiences.
10) Think of the other person as a brother or sister from another parent. After all, we are family. We belong to the human race and we share a small world. We have much more in common than we have differences. As the yin yang symbol clearly details, there’s a little black inside white, and a little white inside black. And of course, in the circle of life, there are all shades of gray.
If you are a Christian, it means seeing nonChristians as potential believers by the grace and mercy of God shining through you. It also means seeing the divine in unexpected people and places.
If you are a political liberal or progressive, it means seeing conservatives as interesting people whose brains you can pick, whose hearts you can mine.
Oops, did I just repeat myself? Two sides of the same coin. Peace, people.