All over the world there are billions of people spending their days eating different foods, wearing different clothes, celebrating different traditions and relating with different priorities and values. And none of them have more worth or value than another. When I travel I like to imagine what it would be like for someone who is Greek to be married to someone who is German, etc.
Then I try to remember that it is NO DIFFERENT when we live in our own town. Each person we meet comes from a different culture, a different family. And each person enjoys different foods, traditions, hobbies, and has a different set of priorities and values than our own.
It’s important to have this attitude when we are going about our daily lives. To remember to be as open-minded with each other as we are with strangers and to not have to be ‘right’ about our experience.
We need to remember to be a ‘tourist in our own town’ and in our own family.