Love Versus Tolerance

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Love is a safe place.
It is the place
 where all of your puzzle pieces
 spill out-
are not scrutinized
 as they lay vulnerable on the table,
but instead 
gently explored,
held up to light,
put together again
with grace and dignity intact…
Tolerance believes you need fixing.
Love says, “Beautiful!”
Tolerance says, “Acceptable.”
Love embraces. Always.
Tolerance shakes the hand, 
is cordial-
but only at a distance. 
Love smiles, 
brings relief, leans in close.
Tolerance shrugs, nods, scurries away.

Love reads between the lines, listens without words,
fears not silence.
Tolerance speaks often, without ears.
Listens not, never hears…
the heart.
Cares not.
Really.

Love acknowledges the whole.
Tolerance accepts a part. Reluctantly.
Keep your “tolerance”, have it your way.
I’ll take love, hands down, any day.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. 
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12


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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dawn
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 13:54:28

    Love!! 🙂

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  2. Dawn Paoletta
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 15:31:54

    Thanks, Dawn.

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  3. Lisa notes...
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 17:00:41

    Keep your “tolerance”, have it your way.I'll take love, hands down, any day.Me, too, Dawn! Lovely. I don't know that I've thought of all those differences before between love and tolerance…

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  4. Pamela M. Steiner
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 18:36:24

    I LOVE this! Never have understood “tolerance”. Give me love any day! This was perfect!

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  5. Anonymous
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 18:57:51

    WOW! This is so powerful, especially poignant in today's “tolerance-ridden” society. We teach children tolerance in school but how many of them need love and receive it not? Glad I came by. Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  6. Mystic_Mom
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 21:05:44

    LOVE! LOVE!

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  7. Pam Manners
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 01:27:59

    This is beautiful, my friend. And I'm with you. I will take love over tolerance, hands down. Because Love whispers from the heart, while tolerance speaks through gritted teeth.

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  8. Marissa D
    Dec 25, 2013 @ 22:48:26

    Beautiful, Dawn, just beautiful. thank you for sharing.Marissa

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  9. Brian Miller
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:21:39

    there is a huge difference between love and tolerance…love embraces while tolerance does not accept the person, just that they get to keep breathing you know….you ever read 'peppermint filled pinatas'…great book that addresses this a bit…

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  10. alan1704
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:33:40

    love is everything, an unconditional fountain of grace. This is quite beautiful

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  11. Mary
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:33:51

    True LOVE is a blessing indeed; and I would take love, hands down, any day as well. Beautifully expressed.

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  12. Grace
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 23:55:33

    Hands down, love wins ~ Thanks for the reminder ~

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  13. mrs mediocrity
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 00:19:45

    Yes, love is always the better choice… I love the version you write here.

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  14. Jay Blue
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 01:19:42

    Beautiful… Love is the answer!

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  15. Björn
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 07:02:21

    Love without tolerance is not lovetolerance without love is less of tolerance..Indeed love is needed

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  16. vivinfrance
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:35:21

    Tolerance is at least as important as love. Life and love aren't perfect, so a goodly measure of tolerance is necessary to keep the love alive!

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  17. Claudia
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 15:53:53

    it is true…love is so much more than tolerance…never thought about it so detailed… enjoyed it much…and yep.. i prefer love over tolerance as well

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  18. Kate Mia
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 05:54:22

    OH this is so true..Tolerance is not nearly enough for True LOVE..the unconditional LOVE..th@IS TRULY LOVE…ALL THE OTHER STUFF..IS JUST ILLUSION..AND NEVER EVER THE LOVE OF THE ONE WHO BRINGS NO ILLUSIONS…AND happy New Year 2014 to YA!

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