Friday, May 25, 2012
To Be Gentle
Have you ever found yourself surprised like this where you feel so hurt and misunderstood?
I thought and thought and thought about it. I prayed and the first answer that came to me was that I needed to be more like our Blessed Mother Mary. That any response I would give had to be with gentleness.
This thought surprised me because it was one I haven't actively practiced in a very long time. I used to be very good at being consciously aware of trying to be gentle, but something happened over the years and cynicism crept in. I was able to be thoughtful but I lacked that awareness of gentility.
A character I always wanted to identify with was Melanie from Gone With the Wind. She was so sweet, genuine and loved. I found Scarlet to be tiresome and petty. I wanted to see more of Melanie to see just how she would act and behave in this situation or that. I wanted to emulate her. I still do.
I think I'm going to make it more of a focus in my home to be Gentle. I need to put reminders for myself about the house telling me to be gentle. Perhaps in front of every statue of Mary I have I can have a bit of script that says "Be Gentle".
For more on gentleness I found this post that I think sums it up properly: