Accepting Others

March 28, 2016 Thoughts

liking peopleA recurring theme for me over the last week or so has been about accepting others.  When you express a dislike for a person, show a rude or offensive manner, or treat people with little or no respect you are not really saying something about the other person but about yourself.   One of the cornerstones of being Successful is to understand that we all operate from a different roadmap.  We all have our own unique way of being in the world.  When you can allow others to be without passing a judgement on them, you are growing as a person.

This does not mean that you have to tolerate a person being rude or offensive in your presence, or that you have to like everyone.  We all have preferences about who we like to associate with and be friends with.  It is also very good to have boundaries for yourself, your personal map of what is and is not acceptable behaviour towards yourself or those you love.   It can be a fine line to walk between allowing others to be, accepting them and their way of being, and sticking up for your own personal boundaries.

Judge Less Accept More With Black Marker On VisIt would be a much happier and peaceful world if we stopped trying to force our own roadmap onto others.  It also starts with each and every individual and with those closest to you.  We all dream of peace on earth, yet how peaceful are your relationships with those closest to you and by extension then, those closest to them?  I have a difficult relationship with a couple of people, so I limit contact, and yet I know I still have room for growth in not being rude or disrespectful about them in my conversations with others.   On the whole I accept that they are on their own journey and that much of what they do does not affect me in any way at all, so when I speak badly of them, I am speaking badly of myself.  When we do have contact I do expect them to respect my boundaries so that I am not allowing them to treat me ‘less than I am’.

Ghandi said “be the change you want to see in the world”   How can you be a more peaceful, accepting, tolerant and loving person within your sphere of influence today?

Love and Light

Maryanne