The word “tolerance” is used in many ways. On the largest of scales, we have seen it used as a stepping stone for social issues. Change begins with tolerance then leads to awareness of differences, integration, and celebration of these differences.
What role does tolerance play in your day to day life? Sometimes it is a bad movie, or the extra pile of laundry. You fit in an extra errand in before making it home. Often these little areas are “tolerated” but is that enough? To go day-in-day-out just tolerating may be limiting us in the long run. One day, a stack of laundry may be the final straw that causes you to snap. The bad movie may turn into frustration overload. The extra errand could lead to exhaustion, falling asleep at the wheel, or even road rage.
Looking at these little “tolerable situations” may be the place to begin. What are you tolerating? Is it a matter of juggling things differently? Are you putting your feelings or logical thoughts first?