I woke up this morning, grateful and appreciative of the fact that I am having a lot in common with my neighbour- with you, my fellow humans - Although we are different in so many ways. Imagine a situation where we could not see and or hear each other through our God-given eyes and ears; wave at each other with our hands or just walk past each other in the same or opposite directions and smile or groan in anger at each other. Imagine a situation where we weren’t able to talk to each other, be that with compassion or harshness; or a situation where none of us, you and me both could not read, write or think for ourselves!
Imagine if we were all of the same colours; if we were to remain babies and not grow into adulthood - preserving our innocence or if there was no male, female and everything else in between. Imagine if we were all poor, rich. The exact same.
Is this a world you would like to live in?
I for one would not wish to be part of a world with no diversity. You may agree that it sounds totally illogical or bizarre. It is this that gives us reason to celebrate our differences. It makes us special, a complete universe with so much collective beauty to celebrate. Therefore, this week, we celebrate the wisdom of Maya Angelou who once said: “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” MAMA Maya implored us all to reach out to each other, no matter our differences, to nurture a stronger future through our children and to build robust nations and economies the world over.
On a more serious note, MAMA Maya cautioned the world that “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” That’s how connected our collective diversity is with our times and seasons cutting across generations.
Let each of us set aside time today to lift the spirit of one that needs it most, whether it be by a pat on the back, a sincere acknowledgement of their efforts, celebrating their wins with them, or even a small gesture like spending time in silence with them.
Our diversity as a people was never to separate us but rather to give us more reason to appreciate and celebrate our uniqueness.
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
~ Maya Angelou