I was going through the site and found this post I wrote on February 13, 2014. I liked the idea then and I still like it now. In fact, I would say that now more than ever we need to take the time to stop and understand others around us. Doesn’t matter if they are next door or a thousand miles away.
I’d still offer the same advice as I did years ago. Go out and meet someone new, experience a new culture, understand your differences, listen to their stories. Get involved, read and learn about everything you’re concerned about. Make a call, show up at a meeting, run for office! Have your own opinions based on facts you’ve learned and researched or experienced. It might be scary, but I guarantee you that you will grow and make a new friend or two along the way. Here’s wishing you all the love in the world.
Happy Valentines Day! People typically take time on Valentines Day to wish their loved ones a happy day and celebrate the love they share with each other. This usually takes many forms that include buying gifts like candy, jewelry, lingerie and many other romantic goodies. But I want to take this Valentines Day to say “I love you” to the world.
If I hadn’t had the opportunity to travel to so many countries I wouldn’t have the appreciation that I have for my friends and family right here at home.
I also wouldn’t have the appreciation of the diverse cultures and people from around the world. I live in the United States, which is a melting pot of so many wonderful different people yet we so rarely take the time to learn about these differences.
I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people. People in places like Johannesburg, Dubai, Vienna, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Munich, Sao Paulo, Brussels, Istanbul, Jordan, Beijing, London, Taipei, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Delhi and many more, who have changed my world forever. Some I still talk to and see on social media regularly. Some I may never see again. Either way, they have all helped to open my mind and make me see not only our differences but our commonalities as well.
Without these experiences, I would not know how lucky I am to be a woman in America, able to start my own business, love whomever I choose, have a safe home, eat when I’m hungry and drink fresh clean water when I’m thristy. I am thankful every day for these luxuries that we sometimes take for granted.
Just One Thing
My suggestion is on this Valentines Day, why not get to know one new person. Maybe a co-worker, fellow student, shopkeeper, anyone who is different than you in any way, and share a meal or cup of coffee or tea together. Have a real conversation and listen. Listen to their joys and concerns. Listen to how many of those things are the same as yours. Then share that story with a family member or friend.
I believe that this type of micro-interactions is exactly what can make the world small and bring it closer together. Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. I hope you make the most of it and share at least some of it with a new friend.
THE QUICK BITE: Celebrate the spirit of love on Valentines Day by making a friend, celebrating your differences and recognizing what you have in common. Share a meal or a drink and bring the world closer together.