The Power of Acceptance
"The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago men fought and died for their faith; but it took ages to teach them the other kind of courage, — the courage to recognize the faiths of their brethren and their rights of conscience. Tolerance is the first principal of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think."
-- Helen Keller
Intolerance is one of the biggest flaws anyone can have. No matter how rich or successful such person becomes, that person will be deprived of true friendships and love. Every fight between two individuals is because of intolerance and every WAR was due to the lack of tolerance between Nations. Tolerance should be the basis of the behavior for every individuals and nations.
If we know and understand the root cause of all conflicts, we can apply the power of tolerance to really fix the problems right at the source. This way we can successfully minimize the damage and pain resulted from the aggravating conflicts.
Where “Tolerance” is the neutralization of our resistance, impatience, hatred and closed mindedness, “Acceptance” is filling the void with understanding, patience, love and open mindedness.
Acceptance means recognizing, appreciating and celebrating our differences. Differences define the basic identity of every individual and not accepting the differences is an act of disrespect to anyone’s very existence. Acceptance begins with accepting oneself, one’s limitations and shortcomings as beautifully mentioned in the following “The Serenity Prayer”:
"God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference."
Acceptance expressed in an old Zen saying:
"If you understand, things are just as they are.
If you do not understand, things are just as they are."
The opposite of acceptance is judgment. Judgment leads to fear, anger and conflicts. When you pre-judge or judge another person:
- You feel inner stress.
- Your body tightens up.
- Your ego is dominant ruining your peace of mind, heart & soul.
Accepting frees our mind of any limitations, negative thoughts and biases. It opens the flood gates for true abundance, joy and bliss. Learning to accept others unblock the vastness and trueness of life.
“There is no one without faults, not even men of God. They are men of God not because they are faultless, but because they know their own faults, they strive against them, they do not hide them, and are ever ready to correct themselves.”
- Mahatma Gandhi