Sunday, 21 January 2018

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

TOLERANCE


“The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good deal of rubbish.”

—Justice Robert Jackson

I need to be tolerant in my sobriety. I need to allow others to say what they feel and live according to their standards.

I was intolerant towards people who were different from myself. Much of what I criticized yesterday, I accept today; some things I still reject.

To love a person should not require “sameness;” equally, I can accept a person without agreeing with what they say or how they behave. Disagreements and conflicts lead to growth; change requires a variety of forces.

Not everything I say to do is “pure”—and that has become the key to the acceptance of others. My history teaches me that I benefit from the variety of opinions that are represented in mankind.

Lord, You have created many ways to Truth, may I appreciate them through the experiences of others.
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