The greatest gift of all - being tolerant of others

What would your world be like if you were open to everyone and accepted others with love? What if you saw someone who looked different from you would you express fear, distaste or even contempt?

Maybe it is time, instead of focusing on the things you do not like about someone, to start looking for the things that make you similar. Quite possibly that person (or persons) is also feeling afraid, isolated or even misunderstood; and therefore resented.

What is the condition of your heart? What do you think when you meet others? Do you instantly judge them by their appearance or body language? Do you pick them apart or maybe judge them and then gossip about them? So many of us have been guilty of that behavior and attitude yet while we may judge often unconsciously, we can shift our behavior and attitude with discipline and practice.

God's vision for all of us is wide. He doesn't put us in a box or judge or criticize us he accepts us no matter who we are and what mistakes we have made. God has compassion and love for us no matter what we have done or how we have treated others. Isn't God's message an example enough to say or offer a prayer, or to offer a sign of compassion and kindness instead of resentment and fear -- even if you think that someone else doesn't deserve our love or our respect? Stop judging others and start listening to their story -- just maybe their lives have been difficult, possibly lacking from some of the benefits and blessings that we have experienced. We need to be more accepting and freely give others mercy, consideration and understanding.

Love heals and love brings down barriers. We are the ones who need to stop short and reconsider our behavior and attitude. Maybe we also need to reach out a hand, show compassion and kindness and ask in our hearts if we would be a gift to others by being more tolerant of them. We do not know where others are on their journey; it is not our job or task to find that out or judge them. It is true that we live in a world of fear and violence, yet we as humans also must remember that the majority of people are good and kind-thinking people. It is only for us to follow our pathway and learn to understand our own journey and possibly observe why we have been placed in this pathway in the first place. With love in our heart and kindness towards others on our minds, we will be successful in our mission to be more tolerant and understanding of others who come into our lives. What a wonderful way to experience a fulfilling life as we create a wholesome sense of joy and happiness.

Joan Marie Ambrose -- Author, Creative Writer, Motivational Speaker

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Blog Date: 
Thursday, November 21, 2013