Positivity In Diversity
Hello everyone, welcome to the ‘Third Act’, whose muse I still could not find making it difficult to put my thoughts together. Several times, I would sit in front of my Chromebook (hmm, now that’s a story for another day) with the cursor blinking and I will just fall asleep, not knowing that the blinking cursor has such a mesmerising effect which slowly puts you to sleep (if you find you have trouble sleeping, you can try the blinking cursor at home). Over the course of several days, I still struggled to find my muse, it got to ‘this’ point where I decided to challenge myself to write without a muse for this post and see what turns out. Hope you like it and if you do not, do feel free to let me know, so I could blame it on the muse that ran away.
The initial thoughts for putting together this piece had a title that read “Evolving Togetherness from Diversity” which was focusing on our approach to how we operate, build partnerships and sustain the relationships that matter, especially those of our stakeholders. Without a doubt, for many who hear about diversity they immediately think conflict, war, aggression, enemies, irreconcilable differences, etc alot of these thoughts have been influenced by the way humanity has lived life in recent times. As soon as there is a difference in opinion/view, many people are seen in a manner slightly less than hostile, rather than embrace the fact that we all have a different mindset and see things from a different perspective. Diversity can be attributed to the crises plaguing our dear country; as soon as you are tagged as being from a different tribe you are an unwelcome stranger, seen as an enemy that must be dealt with decisively. This mindset has also pervaded other institutions such as the workplace and marriage. In the workplace, once you are perceived as an outsider (not belonging to the ‘clique’) worklife just becomes unbearable. With regards to the institution of marriage, diversity can to some extent be blamed for failed unions because couples are not allowed to marry someone not from the same culture, thus they are maybe forced to be with a ‘second choice’ which sets a faulty foundation. It also plays a part to be blamed in how we (and I use “we” deliberately, as many of us are guilty of what comes next), as parents, bring up our children because as adults/parents we seem to have a fixed mindset of what our children should become rather than helping them explore their innate talents so that they truly blossom forth from genuinely expressing themselves. Rather they live their lives for the sake of others, and yes, that predominantly includes us, their parents.
Honestly, things do not have to be as difficult as we make them out to be. We do not always have to see or reiterate the negativity in being different. Just as many of us immediately think negatively about different, we can just as easily generate positive vibes from that same difference. If this occurred more, then we are all one step closer to truly partaking of the gift of life in a manner yet to be imagined by humanity as it currently stands. For those who have watched Avengers: Infinity War, the difference in all the characters/superheroes is very clear: their opinions on issues of inter-galactic proportions; strengths; weaknesses; powers; background stories; individual subplots; costumes; countries of origins; etc. However, despite those differences causing some internal conflicts amongst the Avengers, when they realised what was at stake, they all had to draw on those same differences to give them the strength in dealing with a much bigger issue, the survival of humanity (not Thanos and yeah, even in fiction, humanity is still a big deal, which is often a reflection of the reality we live in).
When we are faced with issues in and around diversity, rather than take the easy way out by fanning the winds of negativity we should take a step back, ‘remove’ ourselves (in reference to one’s mental state and emotions) from the situation at hand and deal with matters objectively without the need to prove everyone else is at fault. That is not to say faults should not be identified, they should but in a manner that helps all concerned persons move on positively. Or better yet, if you find yourself in a ‘conflict’ zone, do what Star-Lord would do, break into a dance with 90’s music playing in your head and dance like your life depended on it (that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face and for the uninitiated, that is another MCU reference).
At October Orange Initiative, diversity presents us with so many opportunities to make a difference by taking whatever positive vibes we can muster and put that back into doing plenty of good work. It is our hope that every step we take (in carrying on work under our core focus areas of Education, Arts, Health and Charitable Trusts, as well as building our network of partners), brings us that much closer to contributing to changing the world positively.
Do what you can by giving whatever (time, money, positive thoughts, prayers, looking out for the next person, saying kind words, being objectively helpful, sharing, etc) you can in changing our world for the better.
The Fourth Act, hmmmmm…
#GetInvolved in #GivingBack and #StayPositive
Olufeyisayo Soewu | Founder | October Orange Initiative