To advance in life, learn how to deal with others – especially when addressing race, religion, politics, sexual preferences etc…
In order to get along, and learn to appreciate ourselves and others, differences must be recognized and respected - not set aside.
Such a way of life has existed for many years – Namaste.
According to Wikipedia:
Namaste (Sanskrit: ??????, Hindustani pronunciation: [n?m?s?te?], from external Sandhi between nama? and te) is a common spoken greeting or salutation used in Nepal and India. It has multi-religious or else common usage where it may simply mean "I bow to you". The word is derived from Sanskrit namas, to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, and te, "to you".
When spoken to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. This gesture, called Añjali Mudr?, can also be performed wordlessly and carries the same meaning.
It has other meanings and is used abroad in ways that could be summed up as:
“We are all children of God.”
To develop your individuality and earn respect from others, you must first learn to respect others as individuals, despite differences.
For individual development, speaking it out loud or not, use Namaste to mean this:
“I am an individual and I recognize, respect and honor you as an individual.”
Differences make up who we are and make our life interesting.
Everyone has walked a different journey to get to the moment and if nothing else can share a unique perspective.
If the time is taken to sort out the differences respectfully, more often than not similarities are discovered as well.
Living with this frame of mind will open doors to opportunities, acquaintanceships, friendships and resolutions you’ve never seen before.