A Word for Wednesday


The word for today is actually two words, “gentle strength”. Gentleness has often been ridiculed as a sign of weakness, but nothing could be further from the truth. It takes great strength to be gentle, because it is so easy to be mean.

And yet we need strength to make it through the day, we need strength to tackle the huge problems in our world. It is possible though, to be strong and gentle, at the same time.

So let your gentleness be strong, and your strength gentle!

Have a great week creating! Peace.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

A Word for Wednesday


The word for today is “tenderness”. In this world of harsh words and violence, tenderness is not only more essential than ever, but it will help us to identify with that which is human. Yes we do need to fight in different ways, but tenderness is the expression of love, the showing someone in a tangible way, that we care.

In the course of our daily lives, may we be the opposite of harsh with those we love. And to those we don’t know, may we express who we truly are, with an attitude of love.



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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Last People on Earth – The Gentle People

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It was official now, the language of the New Earth would be French. As the people of the village sat around the kitchen table, they were relieved that the 2 hour discussion was over.  Each of them felt good about it, including Jeremiah, even though the only French word he knew was “merci”. Well that wasn’t entirely true, Miriam had taught him a few words, but that cannot be discussed here.

As Jeremiah served everyone pound cake with blueberries, he privately worried about English becoming extinct. But the sounds of French, were so much more beautiful, and he knew it was the right decision to make. Jennifer had taken four years of French, and Cathy had learned some of the language from her mother. The Inuit, and Roger and Monique were fluent in it, so it was only Jeremiah that needed to start from the beginning. He was even willing to put his lessons in Amharic on hold. Could he learn two languages at once?

The crisp fall days were shorter now. The hills of Pennsylvania were alive with fall colors. After filling 6 freezers full of food, and canning more than three hundred jars of fruits and vegetables, the village and people were beginning to slow down, ready for the promise of rest. Firewood was collected though, just in case the electricity went out. Anuniaq and Jeremiah were busy loading the mangled pickup truck several times a day, with all the loose wood they could find. According to satellite images, several large cities had gone dark, as power grids began to fail. The cities included New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Something good was taking place within Cathy. She was drawn to Anhah and they would often spend hours together, walking, warming themselves by the fire, and speaking in French (Cathy was trying at least). Anhah treated her as a daughter, and loved teaching Cathy about herbs, and traditional medicine.

And Cathy was beginning to notice Anuniaq. She had never met a more gentle man. She felt safe around him, and even though he was quiet, she was beginning to know him as a source of strength and gentleness. Could a man be strong and gentle at the same time? Anuniaq was. She was not in love, but she was considering it for the first time, in a very long time.


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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Tenderness and Kindness

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Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

Kahlil Gibran

It’s not popular to be tender or kind. People are often harsh or mean. Men in particular are trained to be tough. People that are very nice tend to be considered weak. Yet, which is more valuable – harshness or tenderness and kindness? Which of the these will help us to connect and stay connected to the ultimate source of love? We all know the answer. When I see the words of Gandhi, Chief Joseph, Gibran, and many others, I see tremendous strength, and yet gentleness at the same time. That’s where I want to be! When you read what they said or wrote, it is obvious they were connected, and that they lived their lives loving and honoring people. Now that is kindness. That indeed is greatness.

May the fountain of tenderness and kindness, and our love for people, cause us to bring life to others.

This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thanks again to Bella, Lisa, and Erika.

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Thoughts about Anger

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Rumi is right of course. Have you ever had a debate with someone, maybe even a family member, and you started getting angry in the middle of it? Your voice started going up, and before you knew it you were yelling. How did the conversation go after that? Was it productive? We all get angry, we’re human. Sometimes we can’t help it and we know the other person is wrong!

I think what Rumi is saying here is that the gentle response will always be the best response. Not much will be accomplished by our loud noises. In a debate or argument, the other person will tend to tune us out, if all we are doing is yelling. We can get our point across in a much more effective way, if we speak with calm authority.

I don’t think Rumi was addressing fighting against social injustice, but even then, this principle can be applied. A collective voice of people can do a lot more good than rioting and looting. I’m thinking here of the peaceful protests, like during the days of Dr. Martin Luther King. We need to fight against wrongs done to people, but in a peaceful way.

Many of us enjoy, the wonder and beauty of a gentle rain. We even write poems about it. But very few, if any of us, enjoy hearing the thunder. Where is the beauty in anger?

Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

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