“It is not our differences that divide us; it is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

You know, I’m not Jewish, but I always respond with a “Happy Hanukah!” when a Jewish friend gives me a holiday greeting each year.

I’m not Muslim, but I always respond with a “Be Encouraged!” when a Muslim friend tells me they’re observing Ramadan.

I’m not gay, but I always respond with a “Congratulations!” when a homosexual friend tells me they’re about to tie the knot.

I’m not agnostic, but I always patiently listen when an agnostic friend questions the existence of any higher power.

I take no offense to a Jewish person wishing me well during the holiday season — I still celebrate Christmas. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

I take no offense to a Muslim observing Ramadan — I fast, too. COGIC hours are real, y’all. I just want a tablespoon of sugar sometimes.

I take no offense to a homosexual telling me they’re getting married — It’s not my business who you share your bed or your life with.

I take no offense to an agnostic believer questioning the existence of a higher power — I still serve the God who changed my life.

I don’t have to be like you, think like you, believe like you or love like you to respect you.

Stop being so pressed about everyone else’s life. Mind your business, be kind, keep it moving.

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