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November 11, 2019

If Only We’d Listen

Sharing is a much better way to communicate than proving. Yo Yo Ma.

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Like a pair of giant knitting needles, globalization and the social media platforms have knitted us together, like it or not.

Whether we are in Toronto, Toledo or Timbuktu, we are living in a giant global village – interconnected, interdependent, challenging us to open our hearts and broaden our world view.

Generally speaking, a view world is a set of expectations and biases we have formed that shapes how we see and feel about people in other nations and, indeed, even in our own cities and neighbourhoods – each of them with their own world view, different from ours.

Accommodation isn’t always easy but as distances and time continue to shrink, it is good to remember that most of us, regardless of where we stand on the globe, are just trying to get through the day, striving to stay alive, better our conditions, to do the best by our families and those for whom we care.

We are all in this together. We are not the same, of course. Our cultures, religions, educational backgrounds societal differences can make strangers of us – but only if we let them.

The songs we sing, the stories we tell in sound and words can sound foreign, even scary, to others. Still, as the world gets smaller, we need to step up our collective effort to make the effort to narrow the gap, remembering that a stranger is only a person whose story or song we have never heard, if only we’d listen.

Need to grow some more and get going? Let’s chat about it. I’ll show you how. Text/call me 416.450.8867 or email drew@drewsimmie.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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