What’s the Difference?



Look around and you will notice how different everyone is from one another. There are many distinctive qualities that you could point out. For instance; hair and skin color, height or weight, some people are better than others at sports, playing an instrument or performing certain job tasks.

Now take another look and notice how much everyone is really alike. People have to eat, sleep and earn a living to support themselves. We crave companionship, human touch, love and happiness.

“We are more alike than we are different. We all want the same things: Kindness, Compassion, Safety, Security, Happiness and Love. There is enough to go around. Give it away!”                                                                                                                 ~Susan Abrams Milligan, Author

Several years ago, Karen Gaffney, a woman who was born with Down’s syndrome, swam the length of Lake Tahoe in Nevada — 9 miles in 59-degree water. She did it to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress and to show others that people with Down syndrome are more like everyone else than different.


More ALIKE than Different

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It just goes to show that no matter the differences between us, we can always find some common ground amongst ourselves.

And since we are masters of detecting the differences, I challenge each of us to seek out the similarities in our fellow human beings and see how it may change our view of ourselves and our world.