There’s something so soft about the word tenderness, isn’t there?
Nothing makes me melt like a kind word or a gentle touch does. They are far more magnetic than a flirtatious comment or an over-the-top gesture.
Tenderness stops me in my tracks.
How powerful is THAT?
One of my favorite quotes of all time is, “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” (Eric Hoffer)
When we get afraid – particularly of being taken advantage of – we tend to get louder, more emphatic, less flexible and, well, anything BUT tenderhearted.
I scream when I am afraid of not being heard.
Yet it is the soft answer, according to the scriptures, that turns away wrath. (Proverbs 15:1) I don’t know about you, but I want to turn away wrath every chance I can get.
The word TENDERNESS, for me, was a call – a beckoning – to stay soft. To not let life harden me; to embrace the sweetness of a tender response and extend the gift of sublime softness in areas of my life where I have instead been strident and screeching.
More on that and the new WOW here:
When I went back to look at the recording I was taken aback by my use of the word “DELIGHTFUL” before I chose the word DELIGHT.
It also strikes me that the theme of softness was resonating with me, while the meaning of “DELIGHT” in the scripture I quoted actually means to “be pliable…”
This week I am not going to try and be braced for anything and everything. I want to let life flow and I want to flow with it in a calm and peaceful repose.
This is NOT my normal MO. I am a complete Type A personality with ten concurrent lists going at any given time. I want to do and be more all the time and I sometimes don’t stop working because I want so badly to do well.
But I wonder if a softer approach; a less frantic/performance driven way of pursuing life might not actually be more effective?
Since a life-changing trip with my best friends a few months ago, I have been conscious of how the need to “perform” has added so much pressure – unneeded pressure – to my life for the entirety of my life!
As I walk away from the old in this new year, I am getting the messages of tenderness and softness loud and clear.
The thought of living that kind of life DOES bring delight to my heart.
What about you?