The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
The hot topic in my house since the weekend has centered around tolerance. It started with explaining the tragedy in Orlando to my kids, continued with the Tony Awards and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance sonnet, and wrapped up when my daughter asked me what I was doing so late on the computer.
I was completing yet another candidate survey. I read her a question that pertains to how I would work with someone who doesn’t agree with me. Before we talked about my approach, I asked how she would answer the question.
I would consider everyone’s opinion and not ignore them because they don’t agree with me. Each person has a right to their own opinion – it’s not more right or more wrong than mine – it’s just theirs. You always tell me to treat people like I want to be treated – and I want everyone to know that they matter.
That saying – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – is very spot on. I couldn’t be more proud of my daughter and the young lady that she is becoming. She understands that life takes tolerance. And love.
My run for office has had such a positive impact on my family. I enjoy having them out on the campaign trail with me – be it helping knock doors or doing the ‘fun stuff’ like attending the Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy this past Friday (they ate while I helped get folks signed up for mail-in ballots).