How culturally aware are we? Strange question? Maybe. Important one? Absolutely. Living in the western world it is easy peasy to become ensnared in the cycleof thinking everyone is like us. Cultural diversity importance: building character and strengthening our values. Being aware of different cultures, religions and practices holds ridiculous value. How? When we realize the world contains more than how we think dress and live on a daily basis it becomes BIGGER. We become less ego centric and aware that not everyone is like us and that’s ok!
Cultural diversity importance: building character and strengthening our values
I believe one of the biggest gifts we can give to ourselves and loved ones is seeing the world outside of our traditional scope. Stepping outside of our comfort zone and engaging with others who aren’t just like us. You may be thinking, I can’t afford a ticket to whatever part of the globe right now. You don’t have to.
Cultural diversity is often much closer than we think…
Whether you live in a melting pot or a totally homogenous community, lessons can always be learned if we allow for it. This may mean hopping in the car and driving thirty minutes to an hour to an area that is simply different than the norm. This could mean walking around a down town neighborhood, perusing a mall or having a meal that’s not what you’re accustomed to eating.
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Another idea? Spend an evening watching a movie that isn’t based in your own country. There are heaps of cinema options from Indi
a, China, Brazil and beyond. Watch it and if you feel up for it, chat about it with whoever joined you. It’s a simple way to expand our thoughts, ideas and experiences.
A few other ideas (that would require more time and money) would be taking a missions trip that is domestic or international to help build a h
ouse, assist in running after school programs for kids, etc. Opportunities are there. Even incorporating this into your next vacation. Check out some awesome sites and then attend a local worship service, go to the local park, the movies or something that inevitably has you crossing paths with locals.
Getting in the culture zone…
Diving in head first into polar opposite cultures may do more harm than good for some. It can take time to adjust depending on our personalities and what we feel we’re equipped to handle. Realize that every step is a step and even a crawl towards growth is still progress.
The important thing is being aware that there is value in experiencing life outside of what we are accustomed to. The reality is that cultural diversity holds tremendous importance building character and a million other life lessons. It’s priceless.
Today is a new day, a new chapter. How do you plan to begin (or continue) expanding your scope? How can you broaden this exposure within your family or friend group? A few things to consider as we rock out to another week with new opportunities for growth and goodness!