Being Different: Blog 3 – The Positive Approach

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This week’s blog is going to be taken a more positive view to the Being Different series. I am hoping to lighten the mood of my blogs in the next few weeks as they have been quite emotional as of late. This blog is going to talk about how being different is good and how it be a fun thing.

Being a part of a group full of different people can be a very good asset to have. Mixing with people who come from different countries, backgrounds and social groups can be a great way to broaden your horizons of life. Having the chance to experience a new way of life is a luxury that is often overlooked. We are all part of a privileged nation where we can meet a lot of very different people.

The difference between one person and another is what makes friendships fun and interesting, if everyone were the same then things would get boring. Having other different people in your social group can help you think of ways to do things you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. This can be adapted into a decision about what to do on a specific day to how to solve a complicated problem.

When I meet new people, I am always very interested in where they have come from. That does not specifically mean what country they have come from; it means where they have been brought up, the experiences with life they have, the qualifications they have, etc. I always try and learn as much about a person as I can without being intrusive. The way that I have been brought up is that to fully understand someone you have to understand the way they think, the way they do things.

I have been brought up in a community where everyone is valued based on their own assets. People are judged but in a positive way. The way that I have been raised is to say hello to people when I walk past them on the streets, to help people when they need help, to listen to people when they need someone. These skills are what can sometimes make me different. Different but in a good way.

It’s the differences that we all have that make us who we are. They are the stories that we tell, the experiences that we experience. The life that we live should be dictated by no one else but yourself. If we communicate and interact with people who we like, then day to day life can never get boring or dull. If you are with the right group, then any problems you have can be fixed.

If you have mixed with the wrong group, then it is still possible to turn a corner. Simply saying hello to a different person can be a start of a new friendship. There’s nothing wrong with having a large mix of friends from many different backgrounds. If it is the way you want to live your life, then how can it be defined as wrong?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog! I’m currently looking for other people’s views on some questions. Do you think having friends from different backgrounds is a good thing? Do you think being multicultural is a good thing? What skills do you have that make you, you?

As always, all feedback is appreciated, if anyone has any questions or queries please message me. If you want to answer any of the questions above, then please send me an email using the contact me form on the next page.

James Sweeney

Hello can make the world of difference

 

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7 Replies to “Being Different: Blog 3 – The Positive Approach”

  1. I do feel that having a group of aquaintances from diverse backgrounds is okay. Wen I say “friend” that means, in my world, a true ride or die. There a few of those around.
    But yes in answer to your question. I found through bring in some not so great situations in life that there is bad judging from people that feel as if they are better than others that are in a bad place in life. Life someone who is homeless or who is an addict or maybe they have HIV ~ they get judged and talked about cruelly from others of different and financially stable backgrounds.

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  2. Couldn’t have put it better myself! The somewhat crime of judging people is often a day to day occurrence now in modern life. People need to think about what they think and say in fron of ours as words have more power than one might think

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