5/23/12 Today’s Advice to My Beautiful Daughters – Embrace the gray.

The world will try to convince you that things are black and white.  Us vs. Them, Democrat vs. Republican, Christian vs. Non-christian, Straight vs. Gay, Right vs. Wrong.  You get the idea.

The truth is that there is so much between the two extremes.  When we define people into polarized categories, we focus only on the differences, the blackness and the whiteness, instead of all the gray in between.  That gray represents the things we have in common.  It represents our humanity.

Black and white is easy.  Black and white means you don’t have to think for yourself, you don’t have to wrestle with issues or deal with the humanity all around you.  Picking sides means that you miss out. You miss out on the merits of the people on the other side of the issue, and you miss the great big gray.  The gray is where you learn.  It is where you find common ground with people you thought you had nothing in common with.  It is where you learn compassion for the human condition and all of the things that make black and white not work.

So embrace the gray, and all the uncertainty that comes with it.  Doing so will unlock a rainbow of color in your life.

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9 thoughts on “5/23/12 Today’s Advice to My Beautiful Daughters – Embrace the gray.

  1. As someone who usually happily, and sometimes with a bit of fear, embraces the grey every day, I truly appreciate this. I agree that it’s when we can show our children by example how to build bridges and open our arms to everyone that they learn to how to be loving human beings. Thanks, Joy.

  2. Pingback: 6/5/12 Today’s Advice to My Beautiful Daughters – Be kind, not right. | One Joyous Heart

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