New Year’s Revelation No. 6 of 7: Understand the Difference between “Embrace” and “Tolerate”

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“Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

 ~ Albert Einstein

I’m going to keep this very short and sweet.  In my view, there is only one (1) race.  It is the human race.  And the beautiful thing about the human race is that we come in so many different shapes, sizes, ages, colors, creeds, cultures, languages, and personalities.

Wouldn’t it be so infinitely boring if we all looked and acted alike?  Oh, I know,  we take comfort in the people, things, and places that are most like us, most familiar to us.  But, the “fear of the unknown and unfamiliar” should not bar us from meeting new people, enjoying fresh experiences, and basking in the realization that, although we are different, we share one common thing …… humanity.

“Our greatest strength as a human race is our ability to acknowledge our differences, our greatest weakness is our failure to embrace them.”

~ Judith Henderson

To tolerate someone means that we can bear to be around them (put up with them).  In my view, the word “tolerate” denotes arrogance (i.e. “I tolerate you but, in reality, I don’t want to be around you”).

To embrace means to open your arms to someone — regardless of who they are or where they’re from. Now, this is what I’m talking about!

The choice is yours.

“We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
~ Jimmy Carter

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Revelation No. 6 of 7: Understand the Difference between “Embrace” and “Tolerate”

  1. Lovely!! And I love your use of the word “embrace.” You’ve given me a New Year’s Resolution–for 2013 and beyond.

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