Gifts of Character – Tolerance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Tolerance. Tolerance is about acceptance growing into an appreciation for differences, especially if they involve belief systems. In relationships, tolerance may be a good first step in building unity. However, it is not the final step. Our appreciation for humanity will go beyond tolerance to…

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Gifts of Character – Tolerance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Tolerance. Tolerance is about taking our time to appreciate and accept things that are different from our way. We are willing to accept that not everyone values the same virtues equally, and all people have feelings, needs, hopes, and dreams. Even while practicing tolerance we…

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Gifts of Character – Tolerance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Tolerance. Tolerance is accepting differences and appreciating diversity. Our acceptance is both of culture and personalities. Tolerance leads to unity because without judgment we recognize the needs, hopes and dreams of everyone. Even when tolerant, though, we know when to stand up for justice, doing…

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Gifts of Character – Tolerance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Tolerance. Tolerance is about not looking at others in a demeaning way because they are different from us. Tolerance reaches out to others in a friendly manner to help them feel included. Tolerance accepts people for who they are – including their faults. As I…

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Gifts of Character – Tolerance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Tolerance. Tolerance much like acceptance is about realizing there will be things that we wish were different, but tolerance helps us appreciate diversity and be willing to forgive others when mistakes are made. Tolerance is not weak and will stand up for justice – while…

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Gifts of Character – Zeal

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Zeal. Zeal is about passion and belief in our purpose or those things that we value deeply. When we are zealous for a cause, it is because we believe in something and not just against something else. Because of that, we must balance our zeal…

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Gifts of Character – Forgiveness

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Forgiveness. Forgiveness is about our willingness to heal the past. It does not require that we let another off the hook, as we can and should hold others accountable for their actions or lack of actions. The healing effect of forgiveness frees us from the…

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Gifts of Character – Forbearance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Forbearance. Forbearance is patience when we are dealing with hardship, doing so with dignity and grace. Forbearance is the highest form of tolerance as we accept situations that are not controllable. We are forgiving and understanding, with others and see the times we make mistakes…

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Gifts of Character – Zeal

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Zeal. Zeal is about giving our all to something that we believe in or to a cause that is important to us. We have an enthusiasm for this belief, so much so that even the smallest task is done with joy if it further the…

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Gifts of Character – Forbearance

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Forbearance. Forbearance is about extending forgiveness and understanding to others. With situations, we are unable to control we show patience and acceptance. Quietly we call on our self-restraint to tolerate hardships. Using resilience, we learn from our mistakes and move forward. As I reflect on…

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