Listen more with the intent to understand the differences and common ground between ourselves and others.  Seek to understand the great cultural, social, and religious divide which prevent us from shared engagement and mutually-beneficial response to reasoned debate and compromise.  

Speak with the intent; not to overpower or outspeak, rather to state your worldview and/or belief on the topic or concern on hand.  Then to provide an opportunity for inclusion rather than exclusion.  Winning in any relationship; professional or personal, must create bridges of understanding and awareness of each others needs, desires, and priorities.  Building walls along the borders of our hearts prevents the migration of love to travel from our soul to the outer reaches of our sphere of influence.  

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As a proud graduate of California State University, Chico with an earned BA degree in International Relations, Master of Arts degree in Public Policy, and a past study abroad participant at the University of Tuebingen, education has always been up front and center in both our family and my professional career. My blogging project is an eclectic work in progress and intended to increase global awareness through selections and stories of my studies and travels. As future global citizens we can seek first to understand one another through word pictures and engage our collective creative intellects to change our community; one blog at a time.

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