THG Thankful Thursday!

    THG Thankful Thursday!

    This week, we are thankful for diversity!

    Merriam Webster Dictionary defines diversity as:

    1.  The condition of having or being composed of differing elements: Variety, especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization i.e. programs intended to promote diversity in schools
    2. an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities: an instance of being diverse i.e. diversity of opinion

    This word is often tossed out as a buzzword for workplaces, communities, schools and civic groups.  But why is it important?

    Diversity in our schools and community helps that community to have exposure to other ways of life, cultures, and traditions.  It, over time, can lead to more tolerance for others, their choices, and their beliefs.  It allows us the opportunity to understand, regardless of agreement.
    In the workplace, it gives birth to new ideas and new ways of looking at things.  Diverse backgrounds bring a variety of experiences to play in brainstorming and problem solving.  These options allow for innovation and progress.
    Is the goal of embracing diversity to make us a melting pot or a mosaic?  It seems like a “melting pot” brings to mind a blending of identities.  Treating diversity as a mosaic offers the opportunity to acknowledge our differences and celebrate what those differences bring to any given situation.  The mosaic is far more beautiful with it’s variety and character.
    Today, let’s honor those differences and be thankful for those friends, neighbors and colleagues who bring their diversity to the tapestry of our experiences and lives.

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