I was thinking about work today as our the Diversity Committee wanted us to come up with a poem on diversity. I will work on it tomorrow but it got me thinking about diversity in many aspects. I first thought about all the different states I have lived in - boy I had to be diverse for that. Moving from Michigan to TN, Tennessee to FL, Florida back to TN, Tennessee to NH and New Hampshire to SC...was like going in a full circle many many times. Each place of residence had its uniqueness and qualities to be admired. I never in a hundred years would have thought I would like country music, but I did after living just a few minutes away from Music City Nashville. Never would I have thought I would love the New England states, but I did and wish I was there again even in the snow. And in the midst of it all, I went to school. From one school to the next. Guess I was diverse too when I found Granite State College and then again when I had to take my classes through an online adult program that the college offered.
Diversity is part of all our lives in so many ways. Diversity took place for me at many times in my life. When I got divorced and was raising four children on my own, another time when I was relocated and sought out an Adult College Curriculum. Another, when I was moved again and needed online college classes. Cultural changes that occurred were an adventure to explore in each individual state, never mind location and what the weather had to offered was so different in each state. Changes happen in peoples lives and sometimes we are forced to change.
Changes in location, changes in lifestyle or changes financially. That change could very well be getting an adult education degree either online or in the classroom setting. Nevertheless, it makes us diverse. Change is inevitable it is what we do with the changes and how we approach these changes that count. I always chose to accept them and go with the flow. Having that frame of mind has made me a very mellow person and open minded to changes in life and at work; I think people call it, "thinking outside the box." Companies look for people who can think outside the box; I gained some of that from Granite State College in many classes, I think it is called critical thinking. I like critical thinking now and use it every day of my life.