“There are those who believe something, and therefore will tolerate nothing; and on the other hand, there are those who tolerate everything, because they believe nothing.”
– Robert Browning
How Will We Teach Acceptance??
#4 in Series
Gotcha thinking again . . . Me too.
I woke up this morning asking myself questions.
Are you accepting, Wes? Yes, very much so, and have been since . . .
Why? How did you get this way? When did it start being a part of you?
I first thought of my experience with the Spirit in October of my 18th year. My attitude, sense of self and purpose was different thereafter, however, my acceptance of others came before that. The book I’m writing, My Spiritual Journey, has brought my beginnings into clear view; it was my Dad, what he did, not anything he said out loud.
– He accepted life as it happened. . . everyday.
He was not stoic, he was full of enthusiasm, expressed every morning, with the noise he made when shaking the grate in the wood burning kitchen stove. It was in his daily statement to us and others in the morning,
It’s a great day for the race.
The human race!
Dammit it, Bill, I never remember that you always say that.
Then he would laugh.
When things went wrong, a flat tire, a broken belt on the thresher, he did not get angry, though he could express anger strongly, as when he spanked me, however this faded as he aged. Acceptance was in his statement that the world is not fair, just accept it. However, he was unable to accept, unequal treatment of women, he paid everyone the same wage for work done, and he never noticed skin color, or language differences. If you did the work of an adult, he paid you as an adult.
As I write this, I know what acceptance is; we will talk about the real description in the next blog of this series.
It is actually illustrated in the last three discussions, can you find it?
Do you practice it?
Nuff Said !!!
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