Diversity – What’s all the fuss?
Lately, there has been a whole lot of talk about diversity. Personally, I don’t understand what the big deal is and why all of a sudden, it’s the talk of the media and in the workplace. Diversity is nothing more than variety. A variety of opinions, ideas, thoughts and each person brings a unique and maybe even weird perspective to their family’s dinner table (which can also be called the team). I am going to use the family unit to prove my point.
If people really pay attention they’d see that they have always dealt with diversity and it all started right in their homes. A couple would be considered diverse, because whether they are a man and woman, two men or two women, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Baptist, Catholic, cohabitating together, there’s diversity within their dynamics. They don’t think alike, they don’t necessary like all of the same things as one another; they may have different taste in style, whether it’s clothing or furniture, filling the home with a variety of objects. They most likely don’t even watch a lot of the same things on television and each has their own opinion of why that is. They may be able to cook the same meals, but each has a different way of cooking it. Yet, they find a way to make it all work.
How about children? After all that is where all the diversity really begins. Each child has their own unique personality, their own likes and dislikes, one may be better at a certain skill than the other, yet at the same time they each bring something remarkable to the table. They may even play different sports or musical instruments; they may have a variety of different friends from one another and can tell you what they like about each one. I mean come on…even some family pets are living in a diverse setting. There may be a cat and dog living together each having to learn the boundaries and how the other maneuvers in order to get along. Not to mention those families that live on a farm where there are a variety of animals all with different needs, yet each animal learns to get along and live among one another.
Age also plays a major role in diversity within households. There might be grandparents living among the grandchildren and parents living among the adult children. There are babies, toddlers, preteens, teens, boys and girls all living diversely within a family unit learning how to get along with one another. A variety of age differences living and learning how to be respectful, and mindful of the other person’s differences. It doesn’t matter if those differences consist of a different personality, a different way of looking at life, difference of opinions, or have different habits, they all do what needs to be done in order to live in harmony as a family…as a team.
Diversity – I guess some get it and others don’t