Being Accepting…

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The other day I had a disagreement with a friend over a difference of opinion.  I have though much about that exchange in the days since.  I don’t think I was very gracious.  Like everyone I have faults, and one of them is that I am not particularly tolerant of what I perceive to be ignorance in another human being.

I guess I forget sometimes, that others are on a different path to me.  We are not all the same.  We are not all at the same level of our evolutionary development.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying I am I superior… not at all.

What I am saying is that I should have known better.  I do know better.  But like all souls having this very human experience, I forget… I make mistakes… I neglect to act in totally loving and accepting ways.

The Maharaja, Neem Karoli Baba’s once said “Love Everyone.. and Tell The Truth”.  Words to live by.  But sometimes in my enthusiasm to tell the truth, I forget to be loving.  I forget that truth is relative.  Truth is subjective.  Not ultimate truth of course… but the truth of each individual.  And what one is ready to hear and embrace, another may not yet be.

Another favourite saying of mine… “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”.  Sometimes the student isn’t ready yet.  And I need to learn to accept that.