I spoke tonight with Randy Groomes, a great mentor and friend of mine. We talked about an assignment for his Workforce Diversity program that he has developed over the past 7 years, which had a direct impact on my thinking and the choices I’ve made in my life and career. I think differently about the world and how I want to be a member of it. Naturally, I feel honored to be included in the further refinement of a program that I regard so highly.
Surprisingly, by thinking about diversity, I’ve also learned to be more accepting of myself. The very fact that I’m different no longer means that there is something wrong with me, it means that I can help other groups see differently or in a small way, get things ‘right.’
My unique quirks, perceptions, quibbles, and collection of skills make me who I am. I struggle with my weaknesses still, and my “aught to be’s” on a daily basis, but thinking about nature and heterogeneity is oddly calming to me. We improve our chances of survival by embracing and including all members of our communities.