Tolerance the key to Happiness

Julianne - Heber City, Utah
Entered on November 23, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: tolerance
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Tolerance, the dictionary tells us that it is the capacity of enduring hardship or inconvenience without complaint. The words the thesaurus uses to explain it are: endurance, good will, freedom and benevolence. The world rebukes it and their definition of tolerance is out rated, over used, and to decent. There was one woman that had enough diligence to use tolerance in her life, and here is one of the thousands of days she endured.

It had been raining all day, and it was finally time to leave. The teacher was exhausted and irritated; her students had been excited about the rain and had also been cramped up all day in the class room. She watched as the students put on their boots and coats and she noticed one student in the corner having extreme difficulties. The student could not get on his galoshes. The teacher walked over and she could not get the galoshes on either. After much tedious work the job was complete. The teacher said, “that was a lot of work” the little boy responded and said, “these aren’t mine though,” The teacher then took off the galosh’s and calmly held them up to the class and said “who do these belong to?”. When no one said anything she turned to the boy, “if they aren’t’ yours whose are they.” The little boy said “there are my sisters I couldn’t find mine this morning,” The teacher then knelt down again and began the endless work to put on the galoshes.

The teacher had a value that all of us can work on it was tolerance, if she persisted we can too. Most of us need to be tolerant about out lives, when we are patient we make the best it. Life gives us all circumstances that we do not want, but if we persist and are tolerant they will not seem as hard.

Second we must be tolerant with others, society has made such a sport out verbal harassment that people consistently think it takes tremendous skill to simply provoke someone else. But wouldn’t you think that it would be harder not to say anything at all? Or better yet, to go out of your way to be charitable to those who annoy you?

We should be tolerant in all things, to other and to ourselves, when we do this we boost our confidence about ourselves and make others confidence as well. Like the teacher, it takes a truly strong person, to give compassion to those who they feel least deserve it. We can all be tolerant but it depends on us and only us, this I believe