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Does it Really Matter?

By Lisa Gaddy
Human Resources Manager
for Immigration Services

Lisa Gaddy Human Resources Manager for Immigration Services

Lisa Gaddy
Human Resources Manager
for Immigration Services

In my office I have a magnet attached to my filing cabinet that says, “Celebrate the differences.” To some of us, the difference might be a physical characteristic. To some of us, the difference might be intellectual. To some of us, the difference might be one’s country of birth. To some of us, the difference may be yet something else. Despite our differing definitions of “difference,” we all have them. Just as no two snowflakes are identical, neither are any two human beings. We are each individual in our own way, even despite our similarities.

Many of us have heard it said, “Birds of a feather flock together.” If someone were observing your “flock” over the course of a month, what type of “birds” would be welcome? Would they be primarily one certain color? Would they all be relatively the same size? Would they all enjoy rising early in the morning to get the worms? Would you allow any night owls into your group? What about songs – would your flock all chirp the same songs? What if one of the birds had a permanently maimed leg and couldn’t function as well as the rest of your flock – would he/she be treated differently? What about a couple of male penguins who had mated for life – would their family be welcomed? Would your flock only allow birds who could fly? What about birds that had migrated from another state … or even country – would they be allowed in your flock?

All of the above birds may look the same or similar to our human eye. Conversely, all human beings may look the same or similar to a bird’s eye. With that being said, does it really matter if someone is different from me? I challenge every one of us to look at life with a bird’s eye view. Trust me – the view is great!

“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”