Some of who we are happens to us without our input. Our race. Our ethnicity. Our eye color. Those things we can all agree are beyond choice.
Other factors are argued by some to be a choice, such as our sexual orientation. How or even if we believe in a Supreme Being is another hot topic. I am not mentioning these things today to change anyone's mind or to debate any topic. I rarely get into those discussions unless I know someone well. I can respect someone whose convictions are not my own when I know they have given thought to the matter and are neither reciting the popular dogma just to fit into what they perceive as their peer group, nor rejecting it just to be contrary.
I think we are all more alike than many would like to admit. Kindness and acceptance go a long way, no matter what path you follow while here on earth.
Having said this, today I am thankful for tolerance.