“…each one different from the other, but we are entwined with one another in one great tapestry.”
These words from Rosemary Crow’s hymn perfectly express the image of uniqueness retained while recognizing our oneness, our commonality as a global tapestry of all people. As such, our ability to celebrate the diversity that makes for a stunning and colorful is called to fore.
To embrace our own shadow, to embrace those members of our family who irritate us, to embrace those in the community who hold beliefs and lifestyles differing from our own, to embrace cultures and faith traditions that conflict with ours, and to embrace every lowly blade of grass on this amazing planet, is to integrate all the threads of life into one great tapestry.
Maya Angelou said, “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” I would add, “no matter what their color, gender, sexual orientation, faith tradition, culture, socio-economic status, body size, political affiliation……etc., etc.”
Peace comes when we recognize we are all in this together.