Differences
Iyanla Vanzant

  
Some people do things completely differently from the way you would do them.  It does not mean that they are right or that you are wrong.  It means that people are different.  There are things that people say which you would probably say in a different way, at a different time.  It does not mean that people are wrong to speak up, to speak out, or to speak their minds.  Nor does it mean that you are wrong for choosing not to do so.  It means that people are different.

Different is not right or wrong.  It is a reality.  Differences become problems only when we choose to measure ourselves by our difference in an effort to determine who is right and who is wrong.

It is not loving, healthy or necessary to make people wrong for what they do, what they say, or the way in which they do it or say it.  Nor is it self-affirming to feel wrong when you see things differently, do things in a different way or express a difference of opinion.  All people are different from one another.  Our different points of view shape our vantage point and our vision.  Where we sit is a function of where we have sat.  What we can see is a function of what we have seen.

No one person's experience, point of view or view point is more accurate, more acceptable, more righteous than another.  It is simply different.  Our differences sometimes make agreement difficult to achieve.  They should never make us feel wrong.  Nor should they lead us to believe that what others believe is wrong.

Until today, you may have questioned, opposed, resisted or even detested differences.  Just for today, open your heart.  Be willing to embrace different points of view, different points of view, different habits, different responses, different opinions and the differences that exist between yourself and others.
  

This book of 365 daily devotionals supports the time-honored adage, "Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today?"  Iyanla Vanzant knows how easy it is to stay stuck in "old sentiments, resentments, beliefs, decisions, agreements, judgments, and ideas that may have become habitual." Through these devotions Vanzant hopes to show readers that the easiest way to create change is to simply shift your attitude--today. "We often work so hard to get the things we want that we miss the fact that it is the landscape of the inner world that stands between us and true happiness."

 
  
    

People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built,
but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching
the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.

Felix Adler

  


  
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