1000 Flowers for the Planet - #431 Understand Newcomers
Living in a multicultural country means we have the opportunity to meet and interact with people from lots of different countries, with different backgrounds and different views of the world. For them, coming to a new land, often having to learn a new language, must be hard. Some have even come from worn-torn countries and seen horrific things. Understanding these newcomers will go a long way to helping them adjust to their new home, so we need to take the time and effort to listen to their stories and find out how they see the world. Sharing, contributing and interacting with newcomers helps them fit into their new group better – bearing in mind the group they’re trying to fit into is your group.
This also applies to new kids starting at your school, someone joining your group whether it be Scouts, a sporting club or cooking class, and even people who have moved into your neighbourhood. By understanding newcomer and helping them fit into their new place in your group or area, we create better relationships, and this in turn leads to happier societies with less conflict and more peace and joy.