Saturday, October 10, 2015

Gentleness
         In our impatience to accomplish things, we tend to use strong, aggressive, confrontational force. Water is soft and yielding; it gently embraces resistance. Through persistence, not force, a slow, weak current polishes stone.
          Gentleness is comforting, stress-alleviating, and reassuring. Gentleness eases the harshness of crisis, disappointment, and undesired life transitions. Gentleness uses quiet concern for the fragility of things. Gentleness reduces anxiety in people and animals. Gentleness is the extension of caring, respect, and love.
         ‘There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as real strength.’ –Ralph W. Sockman, quoting Saint Francis de Sales.
          Trust the softer, more gentle ways.

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