From all the comments of the Super Bowl Half-Time Show and while listening to The Breakfast Club, I started to think, why can’t we celebrate diversity? Why can’t we embrace different cultures? This is what makes this country so beautiful, the difference between all the people. What other countries in the world do you know that are as diverse as ours? Why can’t we be more open-minded to accept differences, to accept diversity, to try to learn about other cultures, to try to understand their norm? God made us all different for a reason. There are different cultures for a reason. Being able to see a representation of different cultures is so beautiful to me.
What if we lived in a world where there was one culture? If we were all the same? That would be boring and dull. I challenge you to try to be a little open-minded, try to be a bit more accepting of differences, try to be a little more respectful of different cultures, you might learn something. Do a little research before you come up with your statement. Don’t be so quick to judge, dig deeper, and look at the bigger picture. This world is filled with so much information, so many beautiful people, so many fascinating cultures, and why not embrace it?
Just because it was a little different than yours doesn’t make it bad, or wrong, or inappropriate. God gave us two sets of eyes, two ears, and one mouth – to see more and listen more than we talk.
Let’s embrace our differences, not bash it. Let’s learn from each other and respect each other. We, the people, are what makes this country beautiful, all of our differences, and the different cultures we are exposed to. Thank you, God, for making us the way you did, and I pray this world could be a little more accepting.
I started following Jay Shetty on Instagram after I saw his interview on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith. Jay Shetty is a motivational speaker, and his goal is making wisdom go viral. He’s a former monk and spreads positivity like wildfire, my type of people honestly. LOL
I recently came across his post on IG with Khloe Kardashian, I know I’ve probably lost some readers by now, but keep reading this is insightful, and he was asking to drop a “yes” in the comments if you listened to the podcast episode with her. And I just thought to myself, “what!? Khloe did an interview with Jay Shetty, how could I’ve missed this?” Yes, I am a Kardashian fan, but I do not follow them like I used to when I was younger. And out of the clan, Khole has always been the one I found is the most real and most relatable.
As I was listening to the podcast on my way to pick up Lia from school, I was hearted with how similar our mindset is and how much Khloe and I have in common. She spoke so much truth, and she truly is a kind soul. She tries to spread kindness and positivity, and again, those are my kind of people.
At the beginning of the episode, she talks about how we are all made up of energy and how it affects other people, she mentioned if people were just 5% kinder by doing simple things. For example, smile when opening the door to someone or saying “Hi” to a stranger, it could provide good karma back to you throughout the day.
Jay brought up an example of how he realized that when he would order an Uber, he wouldn’t say hi to the drivers until one driver didn’t start driving until Jay responded back to him. The driver must have asked him, “Hey, how are you?” about three times before Jay realized he was speaking to him because he was so busy on his phone. Khloe then reminds us that we are all humans, and we did operate before phones took over, so we should be human to one another.
The first thing that surprised me that Khloe and I have in common is that we both journal. She said she finds it very therapeutic, and I feel that it really helped me incredibly, especially this year when I took on so many projects at once. I like to write down my prayers, especially in the morning, because I like to wake up with a heart of gratitude. Journaling also helps get my thoughts together, plans, goals, and it’s helpful to look back and see my progress throughout the year.
Jay said he suggests writing all the time for people and to read back what they wrote down. Both him and Khloe agreed that writing, reading, and reflecting back is a form of therapy, and I couldn’t agree more.
The next topic was social media, and Khloe mentioned how she would go to someone’s page and compliment their freckles and things like that and how she would never go to someone’s page to talk bad about them. She tries to always encourage and uplift on social media, and I try to do the same. I like to spread positivity, encourage, and also support others on social media I would NEVER talk bad about someone on social media or use that platform for negativity because I don’t want that negativity in my life.
Even off social media, I try to be positive and encourage those around me. One coworker recently told me that she liked that I was so optimistic, and that meant SO much to me. I really want to be known and remembered as someone who was/is positive because it affects those around me. And not only do I try to be positive but also empathetic. You have to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and understand their viewpoints. And Khloe mentions this in the episode about being understanding.
The next thing that we both have in common is that we both pray. Khloe mentions that she takes time in the morning to pray, and she believes in God. Jay stated he feels that prayer is very important, and it’s a form of meditation. “Everyone should have faith in something, it centers us, holds us accountable for our actions every day.” -Khloe. I couldn’t agree more with her because faith, to me, is very important, and it’s a massive part of who I am.
She mentions that starting the day with gratitude can transit throughout the day, and she likes to set her mood for the day in the morning because you attract negative or positive things, it’s like a snowball effect. This is also why I like to write my prayers in the morning. Yes, I pray at night too, but I write my prayers in the morning, and it really does set the mood for the rest of the day.
Although she has to wake up earlier to pray, she said she doesn’t mind it because she said: “you make time for the things you want to do.” And this is so true if it is important for you or something you WANT to do, you WILL make time for it.
The next topic was her relationship with Tristen, and as we all mostly know about how he publicly cheated on her a few days before she was due to give birth to their baby True, and she mentions how she doesn’t hold any hate or anger towards him,. She doesn’t feel like she’s a victim. She says it’s so easy to play the victim, but everyone goes through things, and she isn’t the first or last person this has happened to. People make mistakes, and she understands that, but she won’t let her relationship with him affect his relationship with his daughter because he’s never hurt True, and although they didn’t work out, he is still her father.
I related to her completely on this because I was also betrayed by Lia’s father, but I cannot let that come in between their relationship because if he wants to be there for her, then I cannot stand in the way. Whatever happened between us shouldn’t affect our child; although we aren’t together anymore, each of us has an important role in Lia’s life. In the end, if I wouldn’t allow Lia to see her father because of how he treated me, it would hurt Lia because she deserves and needs a relationship with her father.
Khloe says we shouldn’t be irresponsible with our feelings, and we shouldn’t channel our hurt to other people, and this, to me, speaks volumes. There is a famous saying, “hurt people hurt people,” but if we can all deal with our hurt and heal from it, then we won’t hurt others. “You can’t always blame someone else for why you are the way you are, you have to be accountable too” -Khloe. We shouldn’t let emotional shame others or put a deadline on other people’s pain, but we should all work to try to heal from our pain. She also mentions that you can recover from the hurt and still talk about as long as you’re working through it.
I feel like everyone should listen to this episode, whether you are a fan of the Kardashians or not. There is a lot of truth spoken in this episode, and I love what Jay Shetty is doing with his platform and Khloe too. I try to spread positivity online and offline. Let’s challenge ourselves to try to be 5% kinder this new year! Blessings.