15. Tolerance

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity.  We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” – Voltaire

I was having a discussion earlier today with a great friend of mine about relationships.  Through the course of our talk we were trying to find some basic solutions to deal with people who are going through issues in their own lives that can at times seem bothersome.  As usual lots of questions were asked and counter points brought up in an attempt to not just complain about peoples actions but to grow in effectiveness and understanding.

By the end of the discussion we were focused in on the principe of tolerance.  It seems that when I focus on what is “wrong” with someone I end up defining them by that trait that is bothering me at the time.  Now I am not  a person that reacts or tries to correct someones actions but there is no question that my treatment of some people shows a lack of tolerance on my part.

There is work that can be done on my part to make more of my relationships greater than they currently are in this moment.  Keeping Voltaire’s thoughts at the forefront of my personal interactions is one step in that direction.  If I am judging someone else’s actions, attitude or demeanor; I am in part making myself a moral authority which personally I can not claim.  I am imperfect and have my flaws just like the rest of the world and if they can tolerate me, who am I to ever be intolerant of them?

Affirmation: Today I will play my role in this world and allow the universe to be the judge on humanities imperfections.

Call To Action: Did a name, place or thing pop in to your head when you read todays topic?  If so you may have been harboring some similar feelings as I was.  Make it a point today to be present for the world around you and catch yourself when you are overcome with feelings of intolerance.  Remember if we were not all so unique this would not be nearly as beautiful of a world to live in.

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