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Esteem for Tolerance

Tolerance: Principles, practices, obstacles, limitsNineteen ninety-five was the United Nations “Year for Tolerance”.

Subsequent to this the UN established the International Day for Tolerance on November 16, 1996.

In the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance we read that “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief.”

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Say “No” with esteem

Even when we’re living an esteemful life there are still life situations where we have to say “No”. 

Genuine esteem is only possible when we know our own limits.  We need to know ourselves well enough to know how much energy we can put into esteemful actions.

There are moments in life when we have to say “No” and, in the process, disappoint somebody with our answer.  However, when we say “No” with esteem we can expect more understanding for our position. 

We recognize this situation when interacting with children.  When we just say “No” without reasons, we provoke a negative response in return.  On the other hand, when we explain the reasons why we said “No”  we might find understanding and acceptance.

Saying “No” with esteem means that we show esteem toward our limits and this in turn creates esteemful feelings in those who receive it.

Intuition as inner guide

Intuition is little known part of our personality.  According to its Latin roots it means “in to you”.  This may be the reason why so many people don’t know anything about it – it’s hidden in us.

Intuition is like an inner voice that inexplicably points us in a certain direction.

When we learn to rely on external advice to find our way through life we reduced our ability to listen to this inner voice.

Intuition doesn’t always give us the whole answer, it only gives a hint, a mysterious picture or a certain feeling.

To be able to listen to our intuition and even more to give it an important place in our life we need to have a healthy self-esteem.

Having a high self-esteem means that we have also a strong self-knowledge.  When self-esteem and self-knowledge handle each other with love and acceptance we recognize our personality analytically but also intuitively.

A high elf-esteem boosts our intuition.  Intuition, once accepted, can lead us wisely on our way through life.   This trust helps to develop our self-esteem even more.

Self-esteem and intuition are like twins, sometimes separated but always wishing to be close to each other.