Given the fact that we are the product of our individual upbringing, development and experiences… we will feel differently about many different issues.
But to accept other people’s differences we must first of all feel comfortable with ourselves. We must learn to accept ourselves unconditionally. How many of us in order not to get hurt, will put up barriers to protect ourselves, instead of opening up. There is a part of us that want to know about others, but instead we choose not to ask.
The world would be very small and less diverse if we all thought the same things and had the same beliefs; but because it’s not, that’s what makes it so interesting. We should learn to embrace each other through our cultures and beliefs. Being open to other people’s beliefs brings about so many opportunities for each of us to learn and respect other people’s values, similarities and differences.
These are the qualities that make us unique, but it is often our uniqueness that drives us apart when opinions are aired and get in the way. I believe that being open allows us to grow. It also opens many windows of opportunity so that we will begin to take on a wider understanding of the world we live in and the people in it.
We may even find new opportunities to travel and form new friendships through the various mediums. When we close our mind to the possibilities of being able to accept other people’s differences, we close the door on our lives in more ways than we know. Our life then ONLY encompasses and mirrors the people around us, as long as we’re open enough with them, otherwise our world becomes even smaller.
Unfortunately differences can make us emotionally challenged as we learn to adapt and accept other people’s differences and beliefs. In retrospect, even if we don’t agree we should at least learn the art of respect.
Finally, with an open mind there should be no reason why we can’t learn to accept other people.