Practice Tolerance

Practice of Tolerance

toleranceI have the most difficulty being tolerant of others when I am feeling inadequate, insecure, and uncomfortable with myself.

Yet, when I am able to look beyond the imperfections of others, I discover great beauty and worth in those around me. And, I discover that another’s value does not diminish my own.”

Realization that another’s attributes did not diminish my own was a key to my ability to be truly tolerant of others. Now, at this point in my healing, I can be temporarily uncomfortable with myself, feeling “less than,”  still practice tolerance of others and even have the desire to acknowledge them for their accomplishments.

I find it interesting that while I am getting ready to blog about tolerance, I have an experience that tests my ability to be tolerant. I was traveling west on a windy, hilly road, enjoying driving the curves, when I came around a curve to find a large tandem trailer dump truck in front of me, going about 10 mph.

My driving enjoyment came to an immediate halt. Naturally, I was irritated, as I realized there would be no way to pass him on this prolonged incline.  In the moment, I made the conscious decision to grant the truck permission to be on the road. I told myself he had just as much right to be there as I did. Suddenly, I was tolerant of my position behind him and was content to crawl along.  Instead of anger and impatience, I felt peace and contentment. This is grace…

I believe tolerance and judgment go hand-in-hand. When I am not judging another, I am able to tolerate and appreciate one’s differences. And choosing to be tolerant of others leads me to be more non-judgmental of them.  Since adopting this attitude, I have gotten to know some delightful people that I never would have met before. What about you? How do you practice tolerance?




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  4. Boy, isn’t that the truth, Marcella! The world could stand more tolerance. Since you can’t control your husband’s beliefs, maybe tolerance starts with you. 🙂 Just a thought. I realize it would be easier for one of us to be tolerant when the other person is being tolerant of us. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way… Rats!

  5. Good for you now if I could just get my husband to “Practice Tolerance” I am sure I could stand to practice tolerance too. The world sure would be a nicer place if we all did. Amen!

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