It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 3, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Be strong and gentle

Strength Vs Courage

It takes strength to be firm.
It takes courage to be gentle. 

 It takes strength to stand guard.
It takes courage to let down your guard.

 It takes strength to conquer.
It takes courage to surrender.

 It takes strength to be certain.
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in.
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend's pain.
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pains.
It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to endure abuse.
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone.
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love.
It takes courage to be loved.

 It takes strength to survive.
It takes courage to live.

Author Unknown

Strength and tenderness make for an unique combination! Yet when you think about it,  we are tough and tender, every day. We maintain strength in the face of adversity and help carry our loved ones through rough times. And, if they stumble or need support, we’re there with gentle, sensitive words and open, comforting arms.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

 Saint Francis de Sales 

Gentleness is a strong hand with a soft touch. It is a tender, compassionate approach toward others' weaknesses and limitations.  Unfortunately, too many people equate gentle with weak.  But being gentle means that you have been strong enough not to let this world change you into something you are not. It means you see the bigger picture, what the world has to offer and what you have to offer the world. 

Gentleness is as precious as gold, rare and hard to come by these days; but it’s a gift and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. It’s a gift that you should continue to share with others because this world can be a cruel and harsh place at times. It doesn’t mean that you have to be, too.

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.

Lloyd Shearer


jack69 said...

Great references but most of all I liked the Graphic: Make someone happy and you will be happy TOO!

Such a simple statement that says TONS!

betty said...

I like your definition of gentleness. Truly one of the best ways I have heard it described. I think the world could use more gentle people in it.


Barbara said...

All good but I especially liked the last by Lloyd.

Mevely317 said...

It takes strength to be vulnerable.
Regularly anymore, I'm witness to aggressive, even harsh, behavior. While I can't change anyone else's tone of voice, I'm getting better at not internalizing it.


I really liked all of these thoughts. But being in a reflective mood found comfort in this, "It takes strength to feel a friend's pain. It takes courage to feel your own pain."