It’s easy to focus on our points of difference.

To start arguments.

To belittle those who disagree.

To shake our fists and hurl insults.

To treat others as our enemies and be suspicious of their motives.

But what if we focused instead on our points of similarity?

Our shared humanity?

Our hopes for a better tomorrow?

The ways in which we can complement each other?

Our common values?

What if our words were encouraging, not argumentative?

What if our actions were collaborative, not fiercely independent?

What if we treated each other as brothers and sisters, not adversaries?

In reality, I love it that we’re different.  If everyone thought the same as me, the world would be a boring place.

Our diversity is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated.

But so should our wonderful similarities.