Re-appreciate your homeland and all its people

Today is a good one to look around with fresh eyes at the country where you live and see again the things you love about it.

Find common ground with your neighbors and with those people you sometimes forget are your neighbors.

For people in the United States, I offer this challenge: Appreciate the differences that make this country so vital and fascinating.

That means embracing the true diversity, bible belt and urban liberals, new immigrants and Daughters of the American Revolution, 5th-generation Spanish-speaking California farmworker and foreign-born governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

It's a wild and frustrating mix, difficult to blend and to understand the other viewpoints, but we don't get to pretend that only the parts we like exist and that the rest could be discarded. Like a person with pleasing & irritating habits, the pieces make the whole that we interact with.

Make the best of it, and I don't mean "lump it", I mean those words very literally: make it the best you can make it.

Author: dinahsanders

Author. Discardian. Defender of life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. she/her

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