The holidays are a time when we come together with our family and loved ones. This season is a time to be thankful for what you have and to give as much compassion to the world as you can. Growing up in the East and moving to the West changed my faith in drastic ways. The faith I have in the Lord now is completely different than any faith I had growing up in the East.
While our believes and differences can make us push each other away, I believe that the essence of the human experience is fairly simple. We all long for love, security, and peace. We each just want a world where we can live our most kind and peaceful lives. In Chapter 20 of my new autobiography “From Darkness to Sight,” I write:
“Our longing to know God- a force greater than ourselves- is shared by people from both the East and the West. No matter where we come from, we all desire the same thing: love, peace, and security. We all appreciate beauty. We don’t have to be at odds with one another. Like faith and science, I have found that these seemingly polarized perspectives can indeed work together in creative, mutually beneficial ways. As a proud American with Asian roots, I hold out my hands to both the east and the west, in the hopes of bringing them a little closer together.”
So during this holiday season, try to let your differences and the differences of those around you help you further understand one another so we can all bring ourselves closer together. Our differences in faith and beliefs during the holiday season is actually one of the strongest assets we have in bringing us closer together as a nation and in our communities.