As I had mentioned in a previous post, I’m half Puerto Rican and half Korean. Growing up in America as a biracial American was difficult. I struggled to know where I “fit in.” I didn’t look Hispanic, and I didn’t look Korean. I looked more Hawaiian or Filipino, but I wasn’t either . I could only speak English. We tend to gravitate toward people “like” us. It feels important to be part of something or some group. These are normal human longings. As I’ve matured into adulthood, I’ve learned I don’t need to fit into any box. Although no person looks exactly like me, I share many of the same attributes and body parts as all human beings.
I have hands to shake with to congratulate or thank another person. I can use my hands to help lift someone when he/she is down.
I have lips to smile with and open when I want to say kind words.
I have arms to hug a person after a bad day (or just give a hug for no reason at all).
I have fingers to write a thank you note or to cook someone a meal who needs it. (I don’t like to cook, so I have fingers to pull my credit card out to pay for a meal for someone else!)
I have a brain to help guide me in a positive direction.
I have a heart to feel empathy for those around me.
Kindness, Love, and Respect
There are many different religions, cultures, languages, countries, skin colors, and beliefs in this world. But we all have hands, lips, arms, fingers, a brain, and a heart to help us show kindness, love, and respect for our fellow human beings.
I’ve been blogging off and on for a few years now. I have met some talented bloggers from all over the world. People kill or hurt other humans for differences. I have met friends from all over the world with different religious preferences, skin color, and beliefs, but we all came together for this collaborative blog post out of kindness, love, and respect for one another.
Diversity is fascinating because no two people are alike. We can all gain insight from each other. Please take a moment to read the other blog posts on diversity from bloggers all over the world.
(Side note: Pitch Wars has been kicking my butt! I’ve never typed so much in my life! But I’m happy with the progress I have made on my manuscript! I’ll update more on this later. I hope you are all well!)
Collaboration with a Purpose: Diversity
Sadaf Siddiqi (“The best thing about memories, is one doesn’t realize they are making memories but once recorded, it just rewinds and takes one back to the beautiful series of life.”) Sadaf couldn’t participate with us this time, but she created our picture for this post. Sadaf is a wise teacher with a heart of gold. Please check out her blog if you want to be inspired.
- Addison D’Marko (“If you want to achieve complete happiness one of the things you are going to have to do is care less. By this I mean stop putting so much thought into the things that do not matter.”)
- Barb Caffrey @ Barb Caffrey’s Blog (“So, if you believe in any sort of Higher Power, one of the things you need to remember is to forgive yourself once in a while.”) Diversity: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
- Camilla Motte @ Moms on the Go (“We want to be help to the helpless. We all need love and support, and I pray this community will be that for you.”)
- Divyang Shah @ i think my way (“If someone don’t speak much, don’t interpret as a dumb, their mind must be working on something very big or may be he is a writer and observing surrounding on which he would come with some deep write-ups.”) Diversity Collaboration
- Jothish Joseph @ TheJothishJosephBlog (“Anybody can write “Extra” before “ordinary” but only people of courage dare to earn it…”) How diverse is diversity?
- Ipuna Black (“None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life. The life we all deserve.”)
- Jane Love @ Harmonious Joy (“People who have a genuine say and a true voice of their own… not just an echo of some celebrity they think they love.”) Everybody is unique
- Mylene C. Orillo (“Where I’m at right now is a testament that ‘Dreams really do come true.’”) How I found diversity in writing
- Sonyo Estavillo @ ‘Lil Pick Me Up (“I am here to champion anyone from the successful and confident folks, to those that are clinically depressed.”) Why Writers and Readers Should Diversify Their Reading List
- Tajwar Fatma @ LifeAsWeHaveNeverKnownIt (“When life hits you hard, hit back harder!”) Tajwar is not participating this time, but she began our collaborations. Therefore, you have to visit her inspirational site.
- Nicolle K @ Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert! (“Success, for me, is when I spend my days feeling happy, peaceful, fulfilled and without fear of lack. 😊”) A Chinese Wedding in Southeast Asia Part 1 and Part 2