Life is such a beautiful thing because it introduces me to various perspectives and ways of life. I embrace each opportunity to understand the views of someone else. I remain open to learning new ideas because it allows me to live more creatively.
My friends come from various backgrounds. I deliberately choose to interact closely with them because they challenge my thinking.
When I take a step back from my views and focus on theirs, I understand their foundation. I see beyond their point of view and experience their motivation. Understanding what drives them allows me to be more accepting of their perspectives.
Taking the time to speak with others prevents me from being judgmental. I am unqualified to make conclusions about a choice until I understand the reason behind it.
Exposing myself to various cultural backgrounds allows me to appreciate diversity. I am more sensitive to the feelings of others when I understand their background.
Understanding the views of others sometimes results in changing my opinion. Being open minded allows me to identify the missing pieces of my perspective. It expands my horizons and allows me to make informed decisions.
Today, I am excited to learn something new. My focus is on keenly listening to the discourse of others whose perspectives are different from mine. I take pleasure in opening my horizons by placing value on the views of others.
1. What can I do to encourage my peers to feel comfortable relating to me?
2. In what ways do I show that I am open to the views of others?
3. What are some of the behaviors I display that possibly turn others away?