Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19--The Power of Gentleness

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.  --Anne Frank

     Well! That right there explains why our current national government is such a disgusting mess--there's no "kind and gentle spirit" anywhere. The weakness of abuse, greed and incompetence is profoundly evident.
     I do see that kind and gentle spirit, however, in the health care workers, first responders, grocery-store workers, delivery personnel--all those people who continue to support us during this pandemic. That spirit is also evident in the millions who are willing to follow the stay-at-home orders.
     My mother-in-law, Shirley, is truly a kind and gentle spirit. She has quite a way with words, however, wherein she can rip you to shreds and leave you begging for more. She would have been a very sharp "weapon" as a negotiator or diplomat. Her children and grandchildren, when applying her talent with words, refer to it as using our "inner Shirley."
     Consider the interactions you've had wherein you did not invoke your kind and gentle spirit, and those in which you did. I would expect that the latter were considerably more successful in accomplishing your mission. A kind and gentle spirit keeps life clean--there's no cause to feel bad or make amends for unpleasantness.
     In the much bigger picture, I believe that humanity is slooooowly waking up to the fact that war is an unacceptable weapon, the alternative being to work together to achieve a win-win situation. Don't we all want to live on a planet where kind and gentle spirits reign?

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