Balanced Tolerance


Sisters and their dog trying to be tolerant

“Inner compassion and outer tolerance can easily make a new world, a better world.”  ~ Sri Chinmoy

We all should try and be more tolerant of one another. Not every disagreement is a 911 for ending relationships. We all have different beliefs, opinions and quirks that can make relationships difficult sometimes, but not impossible. Family members, neighbors, co-workers and good friends can really annoy us, but it’s usually just temporary and will pass.

Being tolerant doesn’t mean we should put up with nonsense. Sometimes being tolerant just won’t float the boat, and this is where balance enters the scene. We can’t be tolerant of a bully or someone who’s evil and out to hurt us. And this goes for political figures out to destroy not only us, but our beautiful planet Earth.

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
~ Thomas Mann

But in our everyday life where tolerance is called upon to stand tall against little irritations from the humans surrounding us, we can balance our emotions and live in peace and harmony. After all, isn’t our differences the spice of life, and makes us all so interesting?

“Listen with ears of tolerance. See through the eyes of compassion. Speak with the language of love.” ~ Rumi

12 thoughts on “Balanced Tolerance

  1. incarceratedshadows says:

    Great advice Michele. 😃

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  2. smilecalm says:

    such practical reminders, Michele!
    i’m tolerating it well 🙂

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  3. Pam Lazos says:

    Teach tolerance is one of my favorite slogans. Your right, Michele. Not every disagreement is a reason to end a relationship. 🥰

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  4. Yes, see through the eyes of compassion. I really like that.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Michelle says:

    Very good advice and more tolerance can greatly improve our relationships.

    Liked by 1 person

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