Honestly, how many times have you used the word, forbearance, in a recent conversation? I’m guessing not many. Yet this wonderful word conveys an important idea – the idea that includes patient self-control, but is greater than mere tolerance. It means extending understanding and empathy to those who disappoint or anger us. It means feeling the burdens of the other person while at the same time gently holding each other accountable for words spoken and actions taken. Your KDS leaders have the awesome responsibility of creating our very best future, which by necessity, will be different from our past and our present. It will upset some members; excite some members, and perhaps engender indifference in others. In all situations, it calls for forbearance.

Christine Dawson, International President

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