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You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence.
It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving.
And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength.
Forgive Everybody Everything - DonInLondon ‘Day In the Life’
I used to think this was an impossible ask. How many times have we done things we would rather have wished we had not done? And how terrible, and how much shame and guilt can shroud our outlook? And as we learn the right ways to live and behave, other people are in the same boat, or a better boat, or a boat so full of holes they are forever sinking and in danger of being drowned in all their past history.
The relative disasters and shaming incidents we may have, the awful things that happen we might wish had never transpired. Well it would be easy enough to be sorrowful and be consumed in guilt and shame.
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We need to find a path which acknowledges all our deeds good or bad, the measure of where we behaved well and where we have people, places and things to be faced where our behaviour was less than what we might have wished. The connection to good conscience and our understanding grows as we learn over the years where we were ok and level and even, and where we may fall short of our own standards, often impossibly high and often impossible, it feels, to reconcile.
Learning and Accepting
We do learn and need accept there are people places and things we have done, where we need forgive ourselves and make amends as we may. I have made most of the amends for past times, but there are things which still make me shudder and wish to put right somehow and some day. I have my list and need do what I may as I may. I cannot ask forgiveness from others I can do my best to make amends as life helps me make them.
Accepting how we have been how we need find a better path of living and consistent with being open honest and willing also means for everything we have done, we might look to others and their behaviour towards us and forgive equally and unequivocally.
In Life We Need Understand Forgiving
Forgiving surely is one of the most important character traits we have. To forgive, its not a divine thing at all, it’s the recognition of paths we tread and what we learn as we develop as civilised and human, human beings.
Learning as we go, we make mistakes, we think and feel, we are righteous often and then suddenly find we are equally able to make horrid ,mistakes and have very difficult issues to face. What we learn in life is the journey be as it may, that we get to endeavour and learn over and over humility and gratitude. Sometimes humility and gratitude is hardest when we are at our weakest. And in many ways I have gratitude for family who have supported and still support me emotionally and in every way help me live as best I can.
Often my pride gets me in trouble as I last as long as I can and then find I cannot do things all on my own. And then I am humbled and understand what others do for me, I do my best back, and this can be now and in the future. I have a future a day at a time, and one day..
Till the days arrive where in my own way I can share and support as needed and be there, then I keep safe to doing as much the right thing as I can.
This imperfect world with us, imperfect and merely progressing as we can and with good heart, and sometimes my old mind gives me pause to reflect and have those "if only" moments…
Endeavour and Live well
We can endeavour and live as we can, meeting needs and not wanting or pushing too hard. We have been dealt the cards we have and might do best to do our best.
I am still haunted by old memories and deeds done to me as much as I have been a part of them too. The forgiving mind helps as we acknowledge and see our and others parts played and outcomes.
We are never that forgetful that we cannot recall? Some things are so dark, sometimes we wonder if we are better to bury them in denials. Love lost, love not as we might have wished.
And how we may have hurt others with our careless words and emotions. I am clearly unaware to all I may have done when not in my right mind. But who is when things happen and often bigger and worse tragedies happen as we live and move along around us and to other people. We see and understand our humanity as we live. As we do and not by our intentions.
Simple and straight yet we can twist and turn around guilt and shame and for having found the truth of ourselves and others. Forgiving ourselves and our failings or just plain incapacity, well its as hard as anything else we may do.
Forgiving is hard and does not come easy. As has been said for centuries, let he who is without guilt pick up the first stone, and people in glass houses should not throw stones. And so on..
Why am I so passionate about this tonight? Well for myself and my behaviour, for others and how they have been treated recently by events, and pain inflicted often without thought or intent yet the pain still hits.
We are all vulnerable, we are all trying to do the best we can as we live and develop. I hope there is enough time to make amends where I need do so without harm. I accept some times have gone by and what I still wish to amend I cannot and its inappropriate or hurt for others might ensue. And some I would wish well are no longer alive to wish it so. Those amends and how I feel strikes deep to powerlessness we all have had in living and being humans just doing our best and best felt less than adequate.
I cringe as my more mature eyes look at things I have done and others do. And forgiving and well just plain forgiveness must be the path best trodden with humility and without Ego.
And tonight when another shared their story to me I could understand their shock completely and how things had turned out and the carelessness we all can have around each other.
We don’t need to become less sensitive, we need acknowledge our sensitivity and feel even sized for the understanding we have. And accept as we learn our humanity over and over again or we fall into bitter times and poor outlooks.
It is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result. Sometimes we need change our attitudes and behaviour and keep from harms way. As we may and still accept another’s path may never offer enlightenment. I am learning the truth of me and the truth generally.
And I hope a day at a time I live long enough to share gratitude in practical and helpful ways for every assistance I have had in my recovery from a disaster most people never get over. And I am grateful each and every day to support as I may and be there when I can. And just a day at time? There is no other way for me these days. Acceptance and acceptance again is a key as is forgiveness help and support as we may and life affords.
Our gift is our endeavour and our actions to support and be there for everyone we can. As in all living we need keep safe as we may and not put ourselves in harms way unnecessarily and at the same time have courage to do what we can.
Never lose faith in people and accept their chosen path as we accept ours, have courage and be confident and be involved in life. There is no other way but experience as we live and learn. And every day I learn some more.
Amid the bombs, Blair remains upbeat on farewell tour in Iraq May 20 2007
Jamie Doward in Baghdad
From the serenity of the White House Rose Garden to the chaos of Baghdad and Basra the Tony Blair farewell tour rolled into Iraq yesterday with the Prime Minister insistent that good progress was being made in bringing stability to the country.
His comments came only a few hours after a mortar bomb had fallen in the protected green zone near the British embassy and in a weekend when eight American soldiers were killed and 43 Iraqi civilians were found murdered.
Police hunt arms trail in Downing Street May 20 2007
David Leppard and Robert Winnett
Police investigating alleged corruption by Britain’s biggest defence company sought access to Downing Street’s computer system to trawl for e-mails sent by and to Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s chief of staff.
They suspected that Lord Powell, his brother, an adviser to BAE Systems, the firm at the centre of the inquiry, was lobbying Downing Street aides to have the investigation stopped.
They approached officers investigating the cash for honours scandal, which had access to Downing Street e-mails, to see if they could trace e-mails between the Powell brothers.
They were looking for evidence that individuals might have tried to influence the outcome of the police investigatio
Senior cabinet ministers are pushing for Britain to be the first nation in the world to get much of its power from the tides, as part of a massive new expansion for renewable energy. The Environment Secretary, David Miliband, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling want a giant £14bn barrage to be built across the Severn.
This would generate about 5 per cent of Britain's electricity without producing any of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
Their move is not meeting any serious opposition within the Cabinet but will spark off a furious row with environmental bodies, which say that the barrage would devastate the estuary's wildlife.
Yesterday Mr Hain told The Independent on Sunday that tidal power was "a huge untapped energy resource" and that "the Severn barrage is a project whose time has come".
He added: "With the huge threat of climate change, it is only through clean, green energy projects like this that we can make the necessary reductions in our carbon emissions."
Mr Miliband said: "Generating 5 per cent of the UK's electricity from a reliable renewable source is a huge prize, so a tidal barrage across the Severn has to be worth very serious consideration. Other environmental impacts need to be weighed in the balance but we will not be protecting biodiversity unless we tackle climate change."
The 10-mile barrage - which is proposed by the Severn Tidal Power Group, a consortium of six major companies - would stretch across the Severn estuary from south of Cardiff to south of Weston-super-Mare. Only one such barrage exists anywhere in the world - at La Rance, Brittany - and it is less than a 30th of the size.
The plans will get a boost from two government White Papers to be published this week. The planning White Paper, out tomorrow, proposes making it easier to build such major infrastructure projects by setting up a new commission to take decision-making powers away from local councils.
On Wednesday the energy White Paper will put heavy emphasis for combating global warming on using energy more efficiently and greatly expanding the use of renewable sources.
Last night the Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling indicated that he and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, would back a new generation of nuclear power stations. But Mr Brown has ruled out providing government money to help build the expensive plants and, despite the rhetoric, is less committed to all-out nuclear expansion than Mr Blair.
Israel has launched several overnight air raids in Gaza, which the Israeli army says are in response to recent Palestinian missile attacks on Israel.
In Gaza City three people, at least two of them Hamas fighters, died when their car was struck, army officials said.
Palestinian medical officials said four people were killed in the raids, three of them civilians.
Missiles also destroyed two buildings elsewhere in Gaza, which Israel said were being used as bomb workshops.
There were no reports of injuries in those attacks.
The air raids came as Hamas and rival Palestinian militia group Fatah observed another ceasefire in an effort to curb bloody infighting in Gaza.
The truce which came into effect on Saturday afternoon is the fifth such truce since violence broke out last Sunday. Since then about 50 people have died in clashes between the two groups.
May 20 2000: Blairs' delight at birth of fourth child
The British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie are celebrating the birth of their baby son who will be called Leo.
He is the first child to be born to a serving British Prime Minister for more than 150 years and was named after Mr Blair's father.
The latest addition to the Blair household arrived at 0025BST and weighed in at 6lbs 12oz, according to Downing Street.
An emotional Mr Blair said he was thrilled at becoming a father again and praised the doctors and midwives who assisted his wife.
He said: "Our baby is fine. He's a gorgeous boy. They are just resting now. It was an ordinary, natural birth, though it was quite a long labour so Cherie is quite tired now."
The proud parents and their new baby returned to Downing Street shortly after Leo's birth at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.
Mrs Blair, 45, had been admitted to the hospital during Friday lunchtime, five days before her official due date of 24 May.
The prime minister then joined his wife at the hospital at 2050 BST and stayed with her for six hours before they returned to Downing Street with their new son.
The couple managed to give the hordes of waiting media the slip by leaving the hospital via a back door.
The couple already have two sons, Euan, 16, and Nicky, 14, and a daughter, Kathryn, 12.
The prime minister has said he will not be taking parental leave but intends to scale back his official workload.
There come to us moments in life when about some things we need no proof from without. A little voice within us tells us, 'You are on the right track, move neither to your left nor right, but keep to the straight and narrow way.
A person falsely claiming to act under divine inspiration or the promptings of the inner voice without having any such, will fare worse than the one falsely claiming to act under the authority of an earthly sovereign. Whereas the latter on being exposed will escape with injury to his body, the former may perish body and soul together.
You have to believe no one but yourselves. You must try to listen to the inner voice, but if you will not have the expression"inner voice", you may use the expression "dictates of reason", which you should obey, and if you will not parade God, I have no doubt you will parade something else which in the end will prove to be God, for, fortunately, there is no one and nothing else but God in this universe.
For me truth is the sovereign principle, which includes numerous other principles. This truth is not only truthfulness in word, but truthfulness in thought also, and not only the relative truth of our conception, but the Absolute Truth, the Eternal Principle, that is God. There are innumerable definitions of God, because His manifestations are innumerable. They overwhelm me with wonder and awe and for a moment stun me.
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