"And of course all of it, the differences and the maverick uprisings, are part of the richness of life.
If you are too much like myself, what shall I learn for you, or you of me?"
~ Mary Oliver, Long Life
I think it is natural for most of us to seek out like-minded people to have in our lives. I know I find comfort in having my thoughts, feelings, values, etc, validated by someone who thinks and feels as I do. It is why we gather together in life, be it to have dinner, or a glass of wine, go for a walk, or worship. The camaraderie we find there, the solidarity we feel inspires us, brings us comfort and confirms our beliefs.
But I also can find inspiration in differences, especially if those difference are presented with passion and reverence. Getting caught up in something that is out of my comfort zone or even my imagination brings excitement and curiosity into my world. It can be scary but also intoxicating and often fills me with delight, making me feel alive. And while these differences might not be for me what follows is respect for a life well lived and admiration for the person living it.
Much of life has to do with passion and respect and admiration. It really has very little to do with like-mindedness. I work hard at stepping back and allowing others to live their lives as they see fit; allowing them to open my eyes to other prospects and possibilities. Where they lose me is if all of this is done without empathy, without passion or fervor. Then it seems all I am left with is talk. And we all know talk is cheap.
what are you passionate about, do tell!