Forbearance is patience, fortitude and acceptance under trying circumstances. We tolerate hardship with good grace. We quietly call on our self-restraint. We are long-suffering in situations that we cannot control. We do not allow the trials of life to steal our joy. We extend forgiveness and understanding to others, knowing that we all have flaws and frailties. We are forbearing with ourselves, humbly mindful of the times we fall short, ready to move forward to try again. Forbearance is the mortar that keeps our relationships resilient and strong.

In Family Life

Forbearance is a unique superpower that helps us stay calm and patient when things get tough or people do things that might upset us. It’s like having a magical shield that protects us from getting angry or upset too quickly. Instead of getting upset immediately, we take a deep breath, try to understand why something happened, and give others a chance to make things right.

Forbearance helps us be kind and forgiving even when things don’t go our way.

In family life, forbearance is like a secret family potion that keeps everyone close and happy. Sometimes, brothers and sisters might argue, or parents may get stressed, but forbearance teaches us to be patient and listen to each other. When someone in the family makes a mistake or does something that bothers us, forbearance helps us not hold grudges but forgive and move forward. It’s like putting on an invisible cape that allows us to get along better and enjoy each other’s company more.

With forbearance, our family becomes a team of superheroes who always support and understand each other, no matter what happens.


Forbearance is the greatest virtue. Cover the blemishes, faults, and weaknesses of others. Excuse their feelings, bury their weakness in silence…and forgive.

— Karunamayi, 21st century guru

 The Practice of Forbearance

  • I am accepting in times of trouble.
  • I tolerate what I cannot control.
  • I use self-restraint to calm my emotions.
  • I am patient and forgiving with others.
  • I humbly learn from my mistakes.
  • I am committed for the long run.