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The Beauty of Difference

the beauty of difference

The beauty of difference is that we were not all created the same.

We are different in our looks, cultures, personality and name.

If we were all alike, what a boring world it would be,

I would be like you and you would be just like me.

When we are all different, we can learn many things about each other,

And with the insight gained we can respect one another.

God made us all unique, we are original on our own,

Our individual beauty is found within us alone.

From the specks of colour in our eyes,

to the curves of our nose,

to our one and only fingerprint

And shape and size of our toes.

We all have may differences, but it really shouldn’t matter,

We should be protecting each other’s hearts rather than causing them to shatter.

God made us into many nations, races and tribes*

So that we’d get to know each other all throughout our lives.

Not one human being in existence ever chose their looks or race,

What we have was decreed by God, who is indeed so full of Grace.

You see everything we are and were born to be is all with thanks to Him,

We’ve got to resist pressures from society and dissatisfaction from within.

The same thing goes for anyone you know who might be different from you,

Whilst they may look, act or speak very foreign, remember they are human beings too.

God doesn’t judge your outer appearances, rather He judges what’s in your heart.**

Don’t worry about looks, focus on character and you’re off to a great start.

The truest of beauty is the goodness that resides within us all,

And if we put aside all of our differences, this goodness will unite us all.

When you next look in the mirror and ask yourself, What do you see?

Say, Indeed I see someone truly beautiful, I can see goodness residing in me.

For more from Calisha, delve into her blog ‘Diamonds of Islam‘.

Read more from The Beauty of Difference series:

Undifference – exploring my disability

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Religious Difference

  • Thom Brown
    October 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Very nice – and once again a reminder that ‘undifference’ is the exception.

    • neanster77
      October 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      I love that word Thom.

  • Marie
    October 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    We are so different, and yet so much the same…

  • Roberta Budvietas
    October 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Interesting that even identical twins have some differences. We are all unique and this is a beautiful way of expressing that difference. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece

  • Lynn Brown
    October 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Wonderful poem you are sharing Janine. It reminds the day my son came home from 1st grade and he said ….’mom, did you know we are all the same” – he went on to say …”we all have a heart”. It was enough to bring tears to your eyes. We really all are the same within – it is how we show it outwardly that changes things.

  • cath
    October 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    wonderful poem, and so very true…every time I read something like this lovely verse, I hope that someone somewhere will read it and understand…there are no differences really…

  • Leanne Chesser
    October 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    This is incredibly beautiful and I love the concept of your “beauty of difference” series. It’s a vitally important message.

  • Muriel
    October 14, 2011 at 4:35 am

    A beautiful poem. Differences are just opportunities to get to know each other. It is such a shame that most of the time they are missed! Thanks for reminding us of this!

  • Samantha Bangayan
    October 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

    This is such a beautiful poem! It seems so silly that physical appearances make such a huge difference in how we treat each other. I truly hope that we all learn to see and value the goodness in ourselves and in each other. =) Thanks so much, Janine and Calisha!

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