Balanced Tolerance

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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

Become the Violet

 

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” ~ Mark Twain

Make this the year that you decide to forgive. But in doing so, don’t forget to forgive yourself. I think it’s actually easier to forgive others than ourselves, but it’s just as important.

I’ve written about forgiveness probably many times and that’s because I believe it’s a very important step for a happy and balanced life. And I think it’s a great way to begin each year.

Think about this beautiful quote by Mark Twain and envision being a violet and giving out to the universe the fragrance of forgiveness. You will be so much more at peace with yourself if you do.

Shed Your Skin

 

There’s a new you waiting, so go ahead and shed your old skin and fly as high as you dare.

Improving ourselves is part of why we’re here, and there’s nothing wrong with changing old ways that don’t suit us anymore. We need to broaden our horizons and not be afraid to discard old stubborn ways of thinking for new, balanced, and maybe even kinder ways of thinking and being.

Even in your job you can make changes for the better. I remember when I worked with people who wouldn’t change the way they did things because that was the way it had always been done, and this was even if it wasn’t working that well anymore. Shedding old ways can improve how we perform our jobs, react to others, and feel about our life in general. Change is all about growing.

Don’t let your mind, family, or even society keep you from growing into the person you were meant to be. Life becomes stagnant if change never happens. It’s exciting to shake things up and live your life a little bit differently. It feels like renewal because it is regeneration. But remember, only you have the power, so go use it!