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I came across a woman one time who was working on a lovely patchwork quilt. The quilt had no continuity or symmetry but consisted of different colors, shapes and random designs. The maker of the quilt told me of her love for all colors and shapes and that is what she portrayed in her quilts. I commented on her unusual usage of purple, and she then gave me an answer that surprised me. She said that purple was actually her least favorite color, but by using it the most, it would help her grow to love it more.

I went away learning a great object lesson from this sweet and unassuming woman. We are a conglomerate of people consisting of many colors, backgrounds, shapes and personalities — a patchwork. We may not all look and be the same, but together we could all be a beautiful patchwork quilt, a rainbow, that could provide warmth, peace, security and hope for others. And if we are having some trouble with a particular color, or race — our personal color purple — we should work even harder to love and accept them.

When we come to the realization that we are all brothers and sisters with an individual and unique patchwork design, the conflicts and enmity among us will dissipate, and we will be closer to Martin Luther King Jr.'s great dream when he passionately said that "all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands."

George H. Zinn

Salt Lake City