“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher”
While we were waiting to be served at a local deli, myself and other customers observed the unacceptable and arrogant behaviour of a young mother and her child toward another customer, who by the way, happened to have coffee coloured skin, a beautiful soul she was.
The constant grunting noises of the offender, the nervous scratching of her nose, pulling her child closer to her, and nervously looking over her shoulder to see if the beautiful soul was still there well, she was.
Luckily, Lady no.2 appeared not to notice the bad behaviour, (so we thought). In fact, she behaved like a lady, with a happy smile on her face throughout. It was evident that she had acceptance and peace in her heart. It was obvious there was a huge difference in the demeanour of these two women, they were worlds apart.
As mentioned, this kind of behaviour is not acceptable, it saddened me the witness this.
We are one, no matter what the colour of our skin is, we come from a huge melting pot of diverse backgrounds and skin colour, acceptance and tolerance is what is needed.
That doesn’t mean one is superior to the other, we certainly are not!
You could be short and thin, tall and chunky, you could have long hair, short hair, you could have blue eyes, you could want blue eyes.
We are all different but, in the end we are all the same, we are human beings and really, need to have acceptance and understanding of each other.
Getting back to the unacceptable behaviour of that poor unfortunate soul, and others like her, I know it is hard but you, have, to feel sorry for them, they obviously are not happy with their life, could be due to a trauma that they had experienced themselves, long term of misguided influence by a family member, that they were constantly judged and harangued by a bully.
They, now have become one of the same.
You, have, to feel sorry for them, it is not an excuse for them to behave badly and disrespectful towards anyone, no matter what colour they are, or what position they hold.
Even though some have lost their way, I do believe that there is good in most of us, and we need to come together in peace, learn to understand and recognise our differences, tolerate and accept each other, to create peace and harmony in our beautiful world together.
I had thought we were more tolerant and understanding of others differences obviously, I was mistaken, it has deeply saddened me.
At the end of all of this, after the two ladies had been served, Classy Lady no. 2, with a smile, turned toward to the offender and said “You need to find peace and love in your heart. Blessings to you!”
The comment didn’t go down well but, it was justified though.
Talk about class.
Acceptance of others is feeling with your heart, not your eyes.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”