If differences were to be encouraged?

The only thing common amongst us all is that each one of us is unique in our own respect. Once we agree that we are all different, we will also agree that we all are therefore bound to have difference of opinions. What do we do when we come across such differences of opinion at home, at work, in love? Our first attempt is to try and resolve these differences, get everyone on the same page. We fear that if we differ, we will drift apart as a team, as a family or as lovers. 

Have we considered an alternative theory – that differences are healthy, and in fact they should be nurtured and safe guarded. Imagine what would happen if everyone in the team thought exactly the same way – there would be no room for suggestions, feedback and criticism. If everyone in the family thought exactly the same way – the family would have such a standard, skewed, one-sided, perspective towards life. If we reach that stage, that would be the end of innovation, new ideas and learning.

Since we all differ from each other, we have a responsibility to add different perspectives, thoughts, ideas, dimensions to what we do. That will be our biggest contribution to our family, to our team and to our world.

The only thing to remember is that each point of view whether ours, or our neighbors is equally valid and should be considered. In fact once the perspective is shared it does not belong to the originator alone. It is just another point of view to learn from. Go on, encourage differences, share perspectives and discover a new world!

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I am an ex-Management Consultant and a successful entrepreneur having close to twenty years of corporate experience. I am currently focusing full time on being a homeschooling parent while researching on the future of education and alternate methods of education. I am also a Vedic Math Trainer, an Operations Manager at a business run by her children and a philanthropist working with tens of other under privileged children. I bring all my past and current experiences together in the form of writing blogs. Using these blogs I wish to create awareness in parents, caregivers and educators about parenting, education and holistic living.