Let’s face it. We live in a very high-strung world.
People get sued for ridiculous things these days!… selling too hot of coffee or putting too much ice in it (true story- Starbucks was taken to court over this recently).
It’s incredibly important to be “PC” here in this day and age. SO MUCH so… that people are afraid to talk, to ask questions, to engage. “What if I offend her? Oh no…did she see me looking at her child? How embarrassing.”
But lets face it. People are interesting. People that are different from you are fascinating. One of my most favorite things is to meet someone from a different culture and pick their brain on what it was like to grow up that way. I LOVE talking to people about things that I think completely opposite of. I just want to know how they came to those conclusions.
We’re all made SO unique, how could we not be desperate to understand one another more?! And yet… somehow in our culture, we’ve bought into this lie, that we have to keep to ourselves. Don’t ask any questions. You might offend.
But what if we walk confidently in the fact that we value people not for what they do or don’t do… but for who they are?- A one of a kind, human being… incredibly hand-crafted to be “them”.
With value… differences don’t matter. They simply are. Here’s a picture.
Now I ask you… if you knew that you weren’t going to offend me or Ollie… what might you ask?
- You have leg braces… but sit in a wheelchair… what’s that all about?
- Do you like turtles? 🙂
- (Cochlear implants are not shown in this pic, but for conversation sake…) How do those things on your head work? Can you hear me?
- Can you talk?
- Can you walk?
- When will you walk?
These questions are all ones that we’ve been asked- by kids…who don’t know social faux pas’ yet. But I will sincerely tell you that I welcome the questions. I welcome the curiosity. And depending on my mood, I will or won’t be irritated with the way it’s put. However, ultimately I know that 99.9% of the time, no one means any harm. And anyone who does, is just hurting in their own way.
So today, my encouragement to anyone out there that loves someone who doesn’t “fit” the all-American norm… is to assume the best about inquisitive people. They’re trying to relate.
And maybe, just maybe… your story could positively impact them, which could then positively impact the world.
How incredible it is, to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.