It's been a long time since I feel the need to be like everyone else. But there was a time when I was younger it was an obsession. I thought belonging means looking and behaving like the rest. That was until I realized being different, ironically, made me fit in better.
If I were an extra copy of someone else, I'm not all that helpful. In fact, I'm easily replaceable and not valuable because I can be left out without affecting the overall result. However, if I can serve a function that nobody else can, then I'm a special feature, even a critical part of success.
Celebrating our differences isn't simply a feel-good slogan -- it makes a team more flexible and effective. Therefore, be a genius of love and include people who bring value, regardless of their background or what they look like.