Friday, September 7, 2012

Diversity


Diversity....Uniqueness
 Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.
Ola Joseph

I took the above photo because of the all in a row chairs, lights and shadows.

When I brought it up on the screen, I noticed that one chair is different, I did not even notice it when I aimed my camera.
The odd chair out, the only little petunia in the onion patch, LOOKS different, but serves the same purpose as the other chairs.




My theory is that everyone at one time or another has been at the fringe of society in some way:

 an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who’s different.

Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common.
Alice Hoffman

Waiting

But they that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as Eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

32 comments:

Maggie M said...

Oh, sweet Sandra what a great post. As I read my mind raced back to the times when I felt like an outcast in high school. And when I was oversees and a stranger in a foreign country. That is one of my favorite bible verses. Hugs

SquirrelQueen said...

Wouldn't the world be dull and boring if we were all alike? When we learn to appreciate those differences the world will be a better place. Those are all great chairs.

Maple Lane said...

I can certainly relate to this post. I love this Bible verse.
Wishing you a nice weekend.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Great post gal and you took the perfect picture for it too. We all can relate

Remington said...

Awesome post, my friend! Have a great weekend!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Don't you just LOVE how we snap, snap, snap. And then find/notice things, in our pics, when we download them? Another aspect of the wonders of loving a camera. :-)

Sure, every one is "different" at some time(s) on one's life. How could we ever understand, care for children, if we'd never experienced being "different," ourselves?

Having been there ourselves, helps us have compassion for and understanding of, a lot of what happens in the lives of kids. NOT all of it is 'peaches and roses.'

Gentle hugs,
"Auntie"

Betty Manousos said...

a brilliant post! i so can relate to it. very profound, too.
your photos are all amazing, i especially love that b&w.

xoxo

TexWisGirl said...

so very true.

George said...

Thanks not only for wonderful photos, but also for the wise words you've shared.

Snapper II said...

Great Post.
I'm always the odd ball.
I don't lookfor trouble, I don't look for problems. BUT-- "What IF"
LOL

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Wow that post made me think back to the frequent times I was the odd one. Along came Buddy and odd took on a whole different meaning. He is always on the outside but he deals with it so well.
Thought provoking post :)))

Susannah said...

Hi Sandra, Wonderful post..... And the verse is a favorite.

Relindis said...

A thought-provoking post especially as I think I might know more or less the setting of your extremely interesting photographs.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love how you can teach a lesson using almost any object. Thanks. The Bible verse is one of my many favourites.

Catherine said...

Yup - I have been there!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend Sandra!
xo Catherine

Madi and Mom said...

Sandra what a beautiful post!!
As per always we love your pictures and the header!!
Happy Friday
Madi and Mom

SweetMarie said...

So true Sandra! Really lovely post. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

photowannabe said...

Thank you for the verse on waiting.
It sure goes with my post.
Sometimes I know these things in my head but they haven't trickled down to my heart the way they should.

I'm a sucker for series of things like your chairs.
Fun stuff with the diversity in the first one.
The example of the petunia in the onion patch is perfect.
Having house guests this weekend. they are really just using our home as a B&B while they go to a Cancer Survivor Conference in Sacramento.
No specials doings on my part but I do need to clean the "first layer" off of things to give the illusion of being prepared...(:0)

photowannabe said...

Oops, I forgot to wish you a super special birthday on your previous post.
I really hope your day was the very best.

Rose said...

I did not notice the odd man out at first glance, either...afraid I am not the most observant person sometimes.

Linda Chapman said...

I love that verse and what a great object lesson!!! Were you a teacher in a past life? I really like your awesome blog header!!

Michaele said...

Wonderful and thoughtful post as well as great photos. The chair on wheels would be fun to zoom around on : )

Dee said...

I see myself as that chair...at one time in my life it would have bothered me...but now...I like it. :) I enjoyed this post.:)

LC said...

Your combination of words and images in this post was so meaningful.

Ann said...

I love the shot with the odd ball chair. It stuck right out and I noticed it first thing. I can relate to being an outsider too. I've been there a few times.

Nava said...

Thanks Sandra--a good illustraton.

Deb said...

Great post ..... When I was young I worried about sticking out...now I don't give it a second thought...wish I would have been that way sooner

Snapper II said...

Good post Sandra! All true... I did not notice the different chair until you mentioned it. I have never been in a "click." I always walked to the tune of my own drum. I think it is good to be different, rather than to try to make yourself fit into someone elses expectations.
Love ya, Madeline

Chatty Crone said...

Good post you are thinking deep today. I know I am off - but I am getting kind of used to it. Diversity makes the world a better place.

Chatty Crone said...

Good post you are thinking deep today. I know I am off - but I am getting kind of used to it. Diversity makes the world a better place.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

One of my favorite verses.

Debra Dickinson said...

Beautiful - all around. Nothing I can say can add to any of that - just want you to know I appreciate you sharing your talent, thoughts and wisdom with us. HugZ!