4 Tips On How To Accept Others

February 16th, 2017

                                     4 Tips On How To Accept Others

A community is made of people from all walks of life. Our community is strengthened when we accept each other's differences.
The more we show compassion towards one another the more our differences tend to fade, allowing us to work together for a cause.

When we let our differences divide us, our community will cease to be effective.

Here are four tips on how you can embrace those who are different from you and remain a positive influence in your community.

1. Recognize your own ignorance
Realize that everyone in some way struggles with a form of ignorance when it comes to others. If you are not around the same environment and exposed to the same situations as someone else, then you will not be able to fully understand what another person is walking through.

2. Be willing to be uncomfortable
Trying to understanding someone else can cause you to be put in situations that you normally wouldn’t be in. Instead of staying in your comfort zone, surround yourself with new people. Ask questions. Share ideas. Accept the fact that you may be wrong. Make an effort to see through another point of view and watch your world expand.

3. Have an open mind
The best way to learn about someone is to listen to his or her story. One of the beautiful things about humanity is that we all have different backgrounds. When you take time to listen and share stories

4) Choose to see the person not the stereotype 

Stereotypes take away the opportunity to really know someone. We allow presumptions of individuals or a large group of people to dictate how we interact with them. Make the decision today that you will see a person based on their character and not their social class or race. 

Shari J. Watson

Shari is a recent UTC graduate with a background in musicand writing and is currently the Marketing Assistant at the Bethlehem Center. 

She enjoys being out in nature, laughing with friends, eating Chinese food, and traveling as much as she can.

Posted by The Beth | Topic: Community

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