Day 4, Wardrobe of Virtues: Gentleness "tender and mighty" (originally published on atlasoflight.com)
[Originally Published on 03/10/2016 on www.atlasoflight.com, the blog that preceded atlasartpress.com]
Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. - Mohandas Gandhi -
Incomparably comfortable like a worn blanket, the virtue of our fourth day is made of a durable, quality fabric to have impact, but owns the softest touch you've ever felt. Lift out GENTLENESS, the fourth of seven new outfits for your wardrobe.
GENTLENESS is like a cable-knit sweater with a special type of twist made of two equal parts of strength and softness. It warms you, lightens the loads of those that see it, and is always, always well-received.
- originally meant "inherited nature" but later came to mean "freedom from harshness and violence."
- is rooted in the Latin word "gentilis" or "of the same family or clan."
- is similar to mildness, softness, tenderness, sweetness, kindness, and politeness.
- is NOT being impervious, rough, harsh or severe.
- is calm, yet strong.
- allows you to crack the hardest shells.
- can always overcome aggression and can break barriers.
- can be cultivated with repetition and greater positive behavior and--like compassion & kindness--can increase the "engagement of neural systems implicated in understanding the suffering of other people and emotional control.”
Give YOURSELF Gentleness today by:
- acknowledging your strengths and your weaknesses and reassuring yourself that they are the perfect balance, the perfect twist--like a cable-knit stitch--created specifically for you.
- restrain your passion of anger, by harnessing your strength to show gentleness through love.
- enduring hurt and pain with patience and without resentment (this comes from the original Greek meaning of "meekness" which is similar to gentleness).
Give OTHERS (I'm talkin kids & family members, too!) Gentleness today, by:
- yielding to others first in speech and absorbing their stories and words before sharing your own.
- be considerate, modest, and courteous when engaging with people and the world around you.
- speaking the truth with a very guarded, soft, calm tone, so it can be well-received.
Maybe you can share the GIVING CARD with someone?
[If you missed the last post: (Wardrobe of Virtues: 7 Days of New Clothes), check it out now and download your FREE Wardrobe of Virtues!]
dearly loved, clothes yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. forgive... and overall put on LOVE.
[adapted from Colossians 3:12-14]
REFERENCES: I referred to a few websites and books in writing of this post: the holy bible, YouVersion bible app, google definitions, http://www.newbrainliving.com/blog/anger-and-gentleness, html, http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Family/Faith/2011/strength-of-gentleness.aspx, http://virtuefirst.org/virtues/gentleness/, http://www.thesaurus.com, http://naturalsociety.com/random-acts-kindness-can-change-brains-chemistry/#ixzz42V0uo5y2.