Have you ever attended an event and felt like you didn’t belong? Maybe your beliefs or how you look didn’t align with those around you? Me too! Many women I know identify as Christians. Christianity is not something I identify with personally. There have been many times I feel like I don’t belong in those circles because my beliefs aren’t in alignment with theirs.
We all should have the right to be ourselves and have our own beliefs without being judged or feeling less than for it. Unless of course your beliefs involving harming others in any way, that’s where I draw the line. I don’t agree that anyone should feel like they don’t belong because of their beliefs, sexuality, or appearance. Just imagine if you or I were born in a different country, different family, or different time period our beliefs would be completely different then they are today. We would be completely different individuals. That’s why inclusivity is so important.
My message is about love, kindness, empathy, compassion, and inclusivity because in such a diverse world there is no place discrimination. We don’t know what it’s like to be someone else because we aren’t them. Life is not one size fits all. There isn’t always a right or wrong answer to everything. This world isn’t just black and white, it’s a whole spectrum of colors. The time has come for us to come together as a human race and love each other as we are.
I read a comment on Facebook where someone stated that all Muslims or those of Islamic descent are terrorists. I cannot understand how there are people who are so closed minded that they will condemn an entire group of people for the actions of a small faction. What if we were them? What if we were born in that area of the world? Do we honestly believe that we wouldn’t hold their beliefs as well? There’s a very good chance that we would hold the same beliefs therefore experience the same discrimination as well.
In my work I meet my clients where they are and guide them through the steps to their ideal life. Why not give them all the same steps? Because we are all unique individuals. What works for one person may not work for another. My ideal life probably doesn’t look like yours. That’s OK. That’s what inclusivity is all about. Meeting people where they are. That doesn’t always mean we will understand them or agree with them. Honestly that’s not for us to judge.
Whether you are black, white, brown, bi sexual, homosexual, heterosexual, Christian, Muslim, atheist, or something that I have not mentioned I love you. Always be you! Don’t let anyone tell you that who you are and what you believe is not OK. All I ask is you please be accepting of others as well. Be kind to them. Strive to be empathetic and compassionate with everyone. Never ever let who you are or what you believe be the vehicle that makes you feel “better” than anyone else. We are all in this together.
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