Unity not Diversity
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
When the word diversity is spoken, you think of people from different races, gender, class, educational level, etc. But when you hear the word unity . . . none of those things come to mind.
A garden in which all the plants are of the same shape and color lacks in beauty; it is dull and monotonous. The garden that is pleasing to the eye is one in which flowers of every color and fragrance grow side by side. It is the joyous contrast of color that gives the garden its beauty and charm. And though different, each flower is refreshed by the same rain and receives the warmth of the one sun.
Unity is necessary to existence. In the material world, all things owe their existence to unity. Attraction, harmony, and unity are the forces that hold humanity together. Unity of thought is unfulfilled if it is not translated into unity of action.
So . . . when you meet people of different races, nationalities, religions, and opinions, you should not allow those differences to become barriers to you. You should think of them as different colored flowers growing in the garden of humanity, and be glad to be among them.
So back to the affirmation for this month, what characteristics make up your powers? For me, I would have to say . . . unity.