Today I’m thankful for an open mind. Too many times I see people who close their thoughts to possibilities. They stereotype. They allow hate to drive them forward. I’m glad that I fight against that with my willingness to look at the perspective of someone else. The fact is that you don’t know what someone is going through; what battle they are fighting. Maybe a simple smile can make all the difference. If we strip away the skin and what makes us male and female, what do you have? We are all the same underneath all of that. We all bleed red. Our hearts beat. We breathe air. So, why should we perpetuate racism and bigotry? We shouldn’t. I work ever single day to teach students the importance of an open mind and true, unconditional acceptance. I strive for it myself. I hope I never lose sight of the importance of love and compassion.