We should seriously analyze who we are, who are our neighbors, and start the new year with fresh and bright prospective. We live in a diverse world. We need to accept, respect and understand that each individual is unique; we have to recognize our individual differences. 

These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich scope of diversity contained within each individual.

We are all equal although we are all different. We are all similar but we will never be the same. The reality is, we are united by all colors and all cultures that are distinct and unique. We are all held to this earth by the same gravity, we should live in harmony and love one another.

We don't share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I could not declare nor say that those of different race and culture are superior or inferior than I. Neither can I renounce as relatives, friends and acquaintances those who have different sexual orientation, religion nor principles than I have.

Let us be proud who we are rather than living behind the shadow of pretentiousness. If God had wanted us otherwise, He would have created us otherwise. Each of us should resolve to be ourselves and realize that he/she who finds himself/herself loses his misery and find freedom and happiness. We will never find peace of mind until we listen to our hearts, accept and be ourselves with pride and dignity.

All we need to understand my friends, is that human life was given equally to all of us, not partially but totally. The sun was given to all. It does not shine on the few. We need to focus on the things that are real and stable and not place our values on things that can be blown away with the next great wind; certainly we should not pretend to live entirely on the opinion of other people.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~Dr. Seuss

Love does not cost anything. Kind words and deeds do not cost anything. The real beauty of the world is equal for everyone to see. It was given by God equally to all, without restrictions. Everyone, was given a beautiful vehicle in which to express love to others.

Feelings are free to express and give to ourselves and each other through our willingness to give and care. What is complicated about this? Why do we have to make others feel they have to climb mountains and swim oceans in order for them to be accepted in our society because they are different.

Let us value life in whatever house it dwells. For when it comes time that we are all stripped to bare bones before the Divine and facing eternity, we will understand that the only law we were meant to follow, was to love ourselves and each other. Nothing more...nothing less.

When we choose to live authentically we chip away prisons of pretend and create an opportunity to walk out of darkness into freedom.― Anthony Venn-Brown

The root of the problem in our society is the wrong message that we should see everyone as the same because the truth is, we are not the same! We are made of different colors, cultures and sexuality. But the key to this door is to look at these differences, respect these differences, learn from and about these differences, and grow in and with these differences.

We are all different. We are not the same. But that's beautiful. And that's okay. We are not on a journey to become the same or to be the same. But we are on a journey to see that in all of our differences, that is what makes us beautiful as a human race, and if we are ever to grow, we ought to learn and always learn some more.

By Tim Pedrosa

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Never be bullied into silence.  Never allow yourself to be made a victim.  Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.  ~Harvey Fierstein

Tim