“What you do makes a difference, and you have to
decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall
Being different is Super Normal, and the differences that establish that super normalcy amongst us begin with our value systems.
By embracing our unique differences and the values that shape us, we can create a more accepting, diverse, and proactive society. Embracing our individuality can lead to greater understanding, empathy, and on impact for important personal and global endeavors.
When we learn to silence the noise that often fills our minds, we open ourselves up to new ideas and perspectives. It’s easy to get caught up in our personal thoughts and opinions, but by taking the time to truly listen to others, we can gain a greater appreciation for one another. This can ultimately lead to a more harmonious world, where we celebrate our differences and work together towards a common goal. It’s important to be mindful of the static, (the distractions that are lined up in front of us each day to divert our focus) that can cloud our thinking and prevent us from seeing things from a different point of view. By doing so, we can cultivate a more empathetic and compassionate society, where understanding and respect are at the forefront of our interactions.
Personal values are a set of beliefs and principles that guide an individual’s behavior and decision-making. Beliefs and values that guide your behaviors and choices develop from those aspects that shape you – upbringing, culture, religion, education, and personal experiences. These beliefs and values can vary widely in honesty, compassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, and integrity.
Values can evolve and change when influenced by changing
circumstances and life experiences. For example, an individual may come to prioritize environmental sustainability after witnessing the impact of climate change in their community. At the same time, another individual may see the chaos and believe it means it’s time to relocate to a ‘better’ place. Both outcomes are normal reactions.
Each featured story ultimately exemplifies that value systems create individuality and that being different can create positive progress for women everywhere.
“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”