Monday Musings, 51: "When You Meet Someone Different"

When you meet someone different, move your prejudices aside. Give the person a clean slate. Be open to new ideas and new perspectives. Don't assume, stereotype, or jump to conclusions. Dump your preconceived notions. Be empathetic and willing to learn. Put a smile on your face and make it real. Listen with an open heart. Don't center the conversation around yourself. Don't mold the person before you get to fully know them. Don't judge the person based on their appearance. When you meet someone different, give them the benefit of the doubt and act as if you're on the other side.