I listened to Thandie Newton give her TED talk Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself this weekend. What I found most appealing about this talk is that Newton is able to express and celebrate belonging and connectedness without preaching how we’re all the same. She doesn’t dismiss the idea of uniqueness and being different. Rather she talks about how, through understanding of how we connect to each other, the earth, the spiritual, the world—that we come to find a higher sense of being.  Definitely worth the 14 minutes it’ll take to watch this video. Give yourself an hour if you’d like for it to really sink in and allow you time to reflect. Her personal story is extremely powerful.