Lucy the Golden Doodle puppy, and Twix the rescue kitten are the newest additions to my brother’s family. At first glance one might think them to be unlikely companions. In reality, they’re best buddies. Their jest and banter, acceptance and affection for one another are examples from which humans could benefit. No one taught them to like or dislike one another. Their friendship developed naturally. Species, color, size, age, or gender don’t have a place in their relationship. Watching these unlikely companions gives me hope that we as humans are capable of seeing past our differences.
When we choose to see one another as nothing more than human we take out the “unlikely” part of having a relationship with one another. Instead of seeing obvious differences humans should live more like Lucy and Twix, and enjoy one another for who we are. Imagine what a better world the place would be if lessons of negativity were never planted. Our outward differences don’t need a light shined on them. Seeing differences is the easy part of being human. The important part is looking for what’s inside that attracts us to a person.
Being different from each other is what makes us unique individuals. Unique is interesting and exists beyond what the eye can see. We aren’t all going to be friends, but we can choose to see one another as humans, and treat each other with respect. You don’t have to be a cat or a dog to be an unlikely companion to someone. Just be yourself and let things unfold naturally. Looking into the content of their character can result in a beautiful relationship with an otherwise unlikely companion. Don’t sell yourself or others short by being quick to judge obvious differences.