Being tolerant is accepting differences. You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility.
How many times do we defend an opinion, fight and go to war over a difference of opinion. “I’m Right” and “You’re Wrong”. There is a saying that perception is reality, meaning that what I experience is in direct relationship to the the way the way I see things or in other words “It is done unto me as I believe”.
From that perspective, everybody get’s to be right about their individual perception. If tolerance is accepting differences, then the way to practice that would be to first seek to understand someone else’s perception. Not to argue, reject and defend your own perception. Imagine the bridges that could be built between families and nations if our first thought was to listen without judgement and to genuinely care about the feelings, needs, hopes and dreams of the one standing before you.
Just the practice alone could make a profound shift in our relationships. BE Tolerant today.