The Choice to Be Friends with Someone Different

Have you ever been in some place and not know a single person? You look around trying to find someone you might have something in common with; a like-minded soul with a similar view on life.

You skip over the lady with blue hair and the guy ranting about politics…you won’t have anything in common with those two you think. You don’t dare approach that young person…they operate on a different “wave length” from you. And, those people over there…different ethnic group, no way.

But what if you did meet? What if you made the choice to make friends?

You may be surprised to find that “different people” have something important to share: an interesting story, a new perspective, or an important insight. Or maybe that person needs someone to talk to and you’re just the one to do it.


You listen to the ranting guy for a moment and realize that he actually has a good point—you didn’t know as much as you thought about that topic. 

You discover “the blue hair” is about to go through chemo, needed someone to talk to and just wanted to do something fun. She inspired you so much!

You find the young man to be one smart cookie and his logic for not being part of the drug scene…well, you plan to pass that along to some family members very soon.

And, you were pulled right into that “little ethnic circle” and had so much fun talking to them…what nice people!

Making the choice to meet someone different from yourself will help you become a more open-minded and accepting individual. You may be surprised at what can be achieved when you put aside differences, and simply work on living life together.

Maya Angelou, who passed away almost exactly one year ago, left us with this thought, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Don’t be forgotten…make the folks around you feel special.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley