Appreciating One’s Culture As Well As Accepting That of Others

Another major aspect in The other major aspect of Bravo Zulu presentation that I have been writing about is appreciation for the culture. Although the initial main focus of the presentation was on the different styles of each branch that comprise the army, while listening I was constantly thinking about the many different cultures which we all encounter daily such as family or rank in the family, an adoption or in-law relationship family, a co-worker family and church families and social network… The list could go on forever.

Although we tend to gravitate towards cultural practices that mirror our own beliefs and truths however, this isn’t always the case. Consider work as an example. Although every employee is working towards the same goal There are numerous ways to achieve it and many different interpretations of the items and events, as well as vast differences in perspective and views. The gathered background can serve as a bolstering force or be a detriment. The power is due to listening and respecting the opinions of the others, while feeling the ideas of one’s own are respected too. As the ideas are discussed and modified, adapted and revised the group can be a powerful compromise to get the best results.

If the group is sucked in individualism and inability to think and assess other possibilities The efforts will likely not be beneficial to advancement. A failure to think and think about a wide range of possibilities hinders the group’s exposure and development. A leader who is effective will develop strategies that differ but all have the same goal An insecure or untrained leader demonstrates authoritarian behavior and disregard for input from others.

Our personal culture is a reflection of our beliefs, values as well as our behaviors and values and our group culture is constantly rearranged and combined with others, divides, multiplying, and also introduces various functions of analysis to produce an ideal situation. The groups that stomp, moan or scream and will not tolerate anything but their own customs and values rarely have long-term success.

This is also true of the dynamics of family relationships. Families that work together to face and address issues is more likely to be successful than one that is sucked in the river of negative feelings and disdain of others. I am in my Alzheimer’s Support Group caregivers often worry about the difficult choices they have to make when helping the person they love, and are criticized by other family members, usually people who live in remote areas and want to observe from afar, give opinions without understanding an issue, or require changes when they do not know the reality of the situation. While I promote conversation and interactions with people who love a loved person, I try to improve the attitude of my participants. It’s different to be a caregiver for someone 24 hours a day or at least several times per week than to offer advice at or after a single fly-by visit.

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