We Celebrate Different

A community narrative that celebrates differences and advocates for acceptance and inclusion. Brought to you by the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015. Join the narrative by submitting a photo.
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We celebrate differences because they make kickball fun! (Photos from Kickball Group. More here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152462202440340&type=1&l=826dca2e75) 

Special Olympics Athletes Can Teach Us All a Thing or Two (or Ten) About Acceptance and Inclusion
Pat Lynch, President of Alignment Solutions recently attended the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games Invitational and left feeling inspired to celebrate differences. But it wasn’t the volunteers or the fans that taught her meaningful lessons about the importance of acceptance and inclusion, it was the athletes. She shared her experience in her bi-weekly newsletter. (Click here to see the full newsletter.)
Here are ten life lessons that Special Olympics athletes can teach us about being inclusive and accepting of others:
Have the courage to be yourself. Allow others to be themselves as well.
It doesn’t matter whether you “win”; what counts is having the courage to use the talent you’ve been given.
Perfection is not the goal. It is enough to do your very best.
Look for reasons to support others. Cheer them on - loudly.
Encourage people to test their limits. Rather than tell them they can’t do something, help them to find a way around obstacles.
Be delighted with your efforts. Share your joy.
"Small" victories often are huge. Celebrate all accomplishments.
The effects of the talent unleashed by creating an environment of inclusiveness and acceptance are inspiring and contagious. The world is better off as a result.
The joy is in the journey. Invite others along for the ride.
It only takes a few minutes to celebrate another person.
Are you brave enough to embrace those who seem different than you? Could your work environment be more inclusive and accepting? If so, try some of the above tips. You might just find yourself inspired by the results.
Thank you, Pat, for supporting Special Olympics and for celebrating our athletes for who they are—inspirational leaders.

Special Olympics Athletes Can Teach Us All a Thing or Two (or Ten) About Acceptance and Inclusion

Pat Lynch, President of Alignment Solutions recently attended the Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games Invitational and left feeling inspired to celebrate differences. But it wasn’t the volunteers or the fans that taught her meaningful lessons about the importance of acceptance and inclusion, it was the athletes. She shared her experience in her bi-weekly newsletter. (Click here to see the full newsletter.)

Here are ten life lessons that Special Olympics athletes can teach us about being inclusive and accepting of others:

  1. Have the courage to be yourself. Allow others to be themselves as well.
  2. It doesn’t matter whether you “win”; what counts is having the courage to use the talent you’ve been given.
  3. Perfection is not the goal. It is enough to do your very best.
  4. Look for reasons to support others. Cheer them on - loudly.
  5. Encourage people to test their limits. Rather than tell them they can’t do something, help them to find a way around obstacles.
  6. Be delighted with your efforts. Share your joy.
  7. "Small" victories often are huge. Celebrate all accomplishments.
  8. The effects of the talent unleashed by creating an environment of inclusiveness and acceptance are inspiring and contagious. The world is better off as a result.
  9. The joy is in the journey. Invite others along for the ride.
  10. It only takes a few minutes to celebrate another person.

Are you brave enough to embrace those who seem different than you? Could your work environment be more inclusive and accepting? If so, try some of the above tips. You might just find yourself inspired by the results.

Thank you, Pat, for supporting Special Olympics and for celebrating our athletes for who they are—inspirational leaders.