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The Lost Keys to Success and Happiness
The Fourteenth Key: Tolerance
by Trenna Pennington


On the outside my clothes may be plain, so that I may mingle amongst the townsmen, but in my heart I am born and bred nobility. After the war I joined friends on a journey to Canterbury. I wanted to relax before my next tournament. As I was leaving the Inn a man said he recognized me from a tournament in Greece. "Sir, you are a world famous jouster yet you treated the other competitors in Greece as though they were nothing. You are intolerant of people who believe in a different faith than you and are a different race or color than you." I was offended but he kept on talking.

"Son, I want to share with you a key, this key is the fourteenth of fifteen and used together the keys will unlock your deepest dreams and greatest successes. They will turn your desires into reality. The only stipulation is that you must pass on the key to those you come in contact with.

As a warrior you fight along people of different cultures and religions, you join together for the common cause of defending your country and give your life for each other. Then as soon as you take off your armor, you can't stand to look a Grecian in the eyes. Do you know that you are breeding contempt in your heart and that your children model their ways after you? The things we teach our children from the time they are born until the time they are 14 are instilled in their minds for the remainder of their lives.

Intolerance grows out of racial and religious differences of opinions as the result of early childhood training. Why do we try destroying one another because of their color of skin or different beliefs? Superficial matters over which we do not agree.

Our time on earth is but a fleeting moment. Like a candle we are lit, we shine for a moment and flicker out.

Why can we not live this short life in harmony with our fellow men?

When I die I hope to find only souls, Brothers and Sisters unmarked by race, creed, or color. I want to be done with intolerance, so that I may rest in peace not to be disturbed by the ignorance and petty misunderstandings that mark this world with chaos and grief. Study the facts; get to know people instead of judging them. Son, my purpose for giving you this key is to educate you and to awaken the power that lies sleeping within you. Develop the power and arise to action."

The conversation with the old man was unsettling to say the least. I am known around the world and have visited many different countries, was I intolerant of those people. It ate at me and I had many sleepless nights as I wrestled with that thought. If someone was willing to stand up to me and tell me the truth, maybe I should listen. It took some time for me to digest the criticism but I wanted to teach my children to be the best they can, and that includes being tolerant of all mankind. I must lead by example and change the way I think and act.


It takes but a second to rebuke someone but it takes them a lifetime to forget the one who rebuked them.

Memorize this pledge:

Promise yourself: to be so strong that no one can interrupt your peace.

To talk health, wealth and happiness to everyone you meet.

To make all your friends feel valued.

To look at life sunny side up.

To think of the best, work with the best, be your best, expect the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about others success as you are your own.

To put your mistakes behind you and strive for great achievements in the future.

To smile.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to cause trouble.

To think well of yourself and tell it to the world not in words but in your actions.

To get along with mankind.


The Author

The Lost Keys


Trenna Pennington is the CEO of Intrensic Integrated Business Solutions a growing business consulting firm in Canada ( She is also the author of "The World Wide What" a guide for Internet beginners originally published in 2002, as well as the "My life" series of health diaries, and The Whisper PALS series of children's books. Her most recent works are a series of articles dealing with "The Lost Keys to Success and Happiness". She is also the founder and executive director of The Welcome Inn Community Development Society.

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