A code of AA is ‘love and tolerance’ and it means to treat others as you would want to be treated. Love and tolerance start with loving yourself, loving other people, and accepting a person as he or she is. Love and tolerance allow you to understand you can love someone without having to like everything about them. The person in the AA program must develop patience, love, tolerance, and an understanding of other people despite their differences.
Love and tolerance promote open-mindedness and freedom from judging others and their opinions. Love and tolerance help you to love yourself and forgive yourself. Self-esteem and confidence will begin to improve when you learn to love yourself first. When you love yourself first, loving others becomes a lot easier. Loving yourself promotes happiness, which positively contributes to your recovery progress.
It is important to be tolerant of other people. Learn to tolerate people from different backgrounds, beliefs, or political views. Everyone has his or her own perspective on everything, and tolerance will encourage patience. With tolerance, you can understand that mistakes, imperfections, and shortcomings of others will bother you less. People are living with their own struggles just like you.
When you learn to listen and not judge, you will see the beauty of the world. When you work through the program, you must learn tolerance. Learn to let go of things you cannot change, such as people. It is an ongoing process. The ‘love and tolerance’ code of AA comes from living life one day at a time, putting yourself at God’s disposal, and having the ability to do anything and anywhere to help another alcoholic. “Love and tolerance of others is our code. And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone – even alcohol” (Alcoholics Anonymous).
With tolerance, you will not judge who to save and not to save. Do not rely on your limited perceptions and vision to see. There will be people you do not like, and some people will not like you. Love and tolerance teach you to respect yourself and others, not just at meetings, but also throughout your life.
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