In order to get our daily intake of non-medicinal potassium, we have a bunch of bananas sitting in the fruit basket on the island in our kitchen. We stopped by the store to get some more bananas because there was only one left. For some reason, it seems like the shelf life of fruit nowadays just does not last as long as they used to (whether organic or non-organic). Perhaps it’s just my imagination or maybe not.
But that last banana was beginning to ripen even more and my husband told me to eat it or use it for a banana split before it got completely mushy and we’d have to toss it. So this morning, as I was getting ready to pick up the banana, I noticed that it was a little disfigured. I hadn’t noticed it before because it was blending in with the other bananas I bought at that time. But now that it was ripening, I observed the details a little more and could see that it was a little distorted from the typical shape that we’d come to expect from a banana.
I picked it up, peeled it and took a bite, anticipating that the inside would taste differently based on its outward appearance. You know what? It didn’t.
We are different people but one of the same. You hear this often, but what does that mean? This banana was shaped slightly different and its coloring was deepening, but it tasted the same because it was still a banana. It may have come from a different part of the country and grown on its own banana tree, but it still remains a banana.
We the people are just that…people…human beings…God’s children. We look different, sound different, act different, but if we are cut and bleed, our blood remains the same color and does not match our skin tone. Somehow, we manage to judge or vilify each other based on where we are from, how we look, what socioeconomic level we encompass, where we live, what we drive, what our political affiliation is, what our religious beliefs are, and how much our net worth is.
We misunderstand each other at times because we lack having a conversation to bring us to the ever-unfolding awareness of life and the beautiful diversity it offers. We seek guidance from our leaders (family heads, spiritual advisors, educators and administrators, commerce executives and government officials) to give us the type of leadership we need for establishing and maintaining unity, harmony, equality, understanding, productivity, love, giving and nurturing.
Perhaps if we look at and closely examine the misunderstood, just like I noticed with this banana, we will realize that our differences do not define us as we have orchestrated them to be. No matter how you peel it or what it looks like on the outside, a banana still remains a banana. Understand? 🙂