Principle #7 – Choose to be Unstoppable: Make a Difference
My husband and I haven’t been getting out very often since the pandemic has been a part of our lives. We decided to go to Raleigh just to feel like we were getting away. While we were driving home, I was looking at the different makes, models, and colors of the vehicles we were sharing the road with. Then I started looking at the drivers. And it struck me how diverse we really are in the United States. It got me thinking about people and the different colors, cultures, beliefs, and values we have. Some are the same, and some are very different. Random…right?
I had a conversation with Cindy about the diversity in the United States. We talked about the melting pot, and she mentioned that we are like a big salad bowl. I thought a lot about both metaphors and their meanings.
To me, the melting pot is immigrants coming to America and bringing their ideas, cultures, and religions. We have our differences, but when we come together, we become one. Being one is too much of being the same in one big pot. This doesn’t feel right to me.
A salad bowl signifies everyone coming together with their beliefs and cultures and are tossed together to make a beautiful, colorful salad. Americans live together in one country but keep their individual identities and cultures. I think this metaphor fits the United States a little better than a melting pot.
I learned about another metaphor while I was homeschooling my 8-year-old grandson. He was learning about immigrants and the skills and traditions they brought, and continue to bring, to America. The people of the United States are like a mosaic. Each person brings their unique piece, and together, it makes a beautiful mosaic. I love this!
“My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman, and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.” – Nelson Mandela
So, whatever your opinion is, I think we can all agree that we are a country of many people with different beliefs and cultures. And accepting each other without judgment is key to being a country that loves all. It’s similar to the equal rights movement. So many people of all colors, beliefs, and values are coming together to take a stand for a just cause. We all care about human suffering and want to help the best way we can. Because all people are beautiful!
We can all help with racial equality by registering to vote. Click this link https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote, to register online. We have the power to help change systemic injustices. Our beautiful mosaic of American people deserves to have the same opportunities for education, housing, health care, and fair treatment by the legal system.
I believe so strongly about this. Please forgive me for climbing on my soapbox. But gosh, we have the ability to make a difference in how our country and states are governed. We need to change our leaders and vote in November for candidates who are compassionate and actually care about the people of the United States. Let’s pull together by doing our part and vote for change and equality. We can do this together!
“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Continue to spread your love to your community by taking care of each other during these stressful times. Wear your mask and save lives.
Freedom is possible!