On Giving Different a Chance
This weekend, we spent a lovely morning with new friends at the Houston Zoo.
One of Luca’s favorite activities is feeding the giraffes.
And, although I’m pretty sure it’s the most expensive lettuce in the history of lettuce, if you can swing it, it’s so worth it.
He loves it almost as much as I do.
That particular morning, I snapped several pictures of Luca and his new buddy, feeding their tall friend.
Nothing super spectacular, just your everyday zoo shots.
But, later that night when I went over them, I noticed something that had previously gone overlooked.
My youngest, Leo, in the background, meeting a giraffe for the first time.
Upon even deeper inspection, though, it became more than just your generic boy-meets-giraffe snapshot.
Taking that second-look at the big picture revealed something unintended, but oh-so-wonderful.
Capturing Leo’s interaction with something new told a story, one that depicted human-nature in it’s most basic form.
His fear, hesitation, acceptance, and love unraveled before me, one by one.
And, I related to it strongly.
Because, just like Leo, we’re all scared of trying new things, or of meeting new people.
Venturing into uncharted territory can be terrifying.
And, not just for you and me. That fear, the fear of what’s different, doesn’t discriminate; it’s innate, and in all of us.
But, when we do give different a chance, the things we receive in return, the doors we open, can be amazing.
A brand new world.
A different perspective.
New found peace.
I wish the biggest of us would take our cues from the smallest of us, more often, and take chances on things even when they scare us.
Most of the time, in doing so, we’ll end up gaining something invaluable, something we didn’t even know was missing.
Because, nine times out of ten, my friends…
That big, scary giraffe, the one that seems different?
Is just like you and me.