Difference is an invitation to look closer. To get curious. To make the choice to see before we decide.
And seeing takes work. It takes stepping outside of our expectations so we can begin to grapple with stories that are not our own. It means taking time to think about how to create meaningful connection that expands the the circle of belonging instead of shrinking it.
Before we can see one another, we need to be willing to hear one another. To listen. To ask questions rooted in reality - questions that lead us to look for answers we might not otherwise discover.
Difference doesn’t have to function as a barrier. Difference can lead us down paths that lead to real and growing connection.