While reflecting on current events, I’m choosing to focus on hope and encouragement. This month, why not look around and experience something different to stretch your experiences with internationals?
You may ask, “How do I begin building relationships with those who may be different than me?” Start where you are now. Take one step at a time.
1. Look for Community Events
Keep your eyes open. When you go grocery shopping, look on boards to see what is happening in your community. Any public library has a board with cultural events posted on it. What interests you? Look in your newspaper.
There may be a cultural celebration of some kind. If you look closely, you will not have to travel, and many cultural events are free. For example, does your community offer a Greek Food Festival or a Cinco de Mayo celebration?
2. Get Up & Go!
Now that you found the event, go and attend. Mile 17-Getting to the Finish Line is all about taking risks and doing something new. This adds color to your life. It may be uncomfortable at first, yet go forth with a spirit of excitement and enthusiasm! Be open to learning something new. After all, minds are like parachutes, they function best when open. Invite a friend to go along.
3 Observe Without Evaluation
When you attend an international event such as an International Film Festival or a Chinese New Year celebration, observe. Just watch and see what is happening.