"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is
about embracing one another's uniqueness."
~ Ola Joseph
You don't have to agree. You don't have to disagree. You don't have to be right. You don't have to be wrong. You don't have to win. And you don't have to lose. You just have to LISTEN.
If you listen hard enough, you might just hear the echoes of someone else inside of yourself. You might just feel their emotion filling heart.
By listening, we LEARN.
We are all different. We have all had different experiences. And these experiences shape who we are.
Every experience that we have in life creates an emotional response. And all emotional memories result in conscious and unconscious opinions. These emotions are triggered when we encounter similar experiences. You don't have to deny those emotions. But what you do need to do is listen to them and try to understand them. Try to understand others' perspectives. And learn from these.
Listen to others. Listen to yourself. Learn from others. Learn from yourself.
In learning, we LEAD. Knowledge is power. And in the right hands, with the right understanding, it can be powerful enough to bring about change.
Schools are at the center of every community. They are the foundations for the villages that it takes to raise a child. If you want to change our nation... If you want to make America great again (as they say), you strengthen our schools. You educate our students. You educate our future.
It's simple. Stronger schools produce stronger students. Students who take pride in their communities. Students who have the skills to identify problems and implement proactive problem solving.
These are the students who will then invest in their communities, making the communities stronger. Strong communities produce strong economies with thriving businesses. Businesses bring money to the community. And money fuels successful infrastructures, giving back to schools and funding community education for police, city counselor, etc. And thus you have a healthy, thriving community. A community that lives and breathes.
By Miss Rae