The fourth of my thoughts from following Christ and the Chocolaterie which in turn uses the film Chocolat
This week is about Getting Real and understanding the Power of Acceptance.
Thinking about Chocolat first, Vianne is a pagan in a predominately Roman Catholic village. Initially the villagers were reluctant to accept her. She was different, her presence made them uncomfortable. Vianne accepted the River Rats when the rest of the village shunned them however she helps the village accept them. Finally Vianne accepts that she has now put down roots and her daughter’s reluctance to move again.
So think about yourself. Do you accept people who are different? If not why not? Put yourself in their shoes and consider what your actions are doing to them?
In the end, the villagers and The Comte accept Vianne and the River Rats. There is no seismic change in their lives. Their life is enriched and the fears they previously had were unfounded.
Finally, from the book (page 44)
Look around you, as you go about your daily life this week, for those who may be nearer to perfection than you had ever suspected.
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