Each day, we provide a series of daily affirmations and reflections designed to help you get that ShineBuzz feeling. We suggest that you read through the affirmations (aloud if possible, in your head if not) and meditate on them for a few moments. You can also choose one or two that speak to you and carry them with you throughout the day. When you’re finished, take a few moments to answer the reflection questions at the bottom in your journal or add them into your meditation, whichever works best for you. Here are today’s affirmations and reflections.

I see everyone in the world as the same because we breathe the same air and have the same sensibilities.

It is easy for me to love. I believe that our cultural differences are insignificant.

Love also encourages unity and peace. When I precede each encounter with others with a heart of warmth and sincerity, the outcome is wonderfully positive.

When it is challenging to understand someoneÕs perspective, I avoid passing judgment. I am respectful of varying opinions. I encourage dialog, so I am able to meet others on common ground.

The uniqueness of cultural backgrounds makes the world a wonderful place. There is so much to learn because of our differences.

I approach new cultures with openness. After understanding comes acceptance of the dissimilarities. Although I sometimes disagree with another perspective, I am respectful in allowing others to have their beliefs.

Respect is a product of love and is easy to show when I acknowledge my own imperfections. I accept that I am only one piece of the puzzle of humankind.

I appreciate that something unfamiliar to me may be valuable to someone else. There is little desire to coerce anyone to accept my viewpoint.

Today, when I choose to live with love, I make room for openness and respect for those around me. I am a student of life. I enjoy learning about others from all over the world.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. How am I able to use love to defuse tension between two colleagues?
2. How do I look past cultural differences to see the people within?
3. How do I prepare myself for openness when immersing myself in a new culture?