This week we are focusing on meekness, which is usually called “gentleness.” In my search for examples, I came across Andy Mort’s blog site. Andy wrote a post entitled, “Gentleness is Strength: The 7 Habits of Highly Gentle People.” In the post he said some very interesting things. Here is the quote I liked the most:
“I have also come to believe that acting with gentleness is an act of rebellion. It stands counter to the expectations of a quick tempered, blame-fuelled culture where we want to take our frustrations out by criticising others, shirking responsibility, and fearing and fighting anyone or any way of life that we don’t understand or subscribe to.”*
Wow! He hit the nail on the head! Our culture does not encourage gentleness. That may be why we have a hard time finding it!
In his post, Mort goes on to detail the seven habits of gentle people. One of them is that gentle people leave time and space between what happens and how they react to it. They choose if they will react, as well as how.
With this description in mind, can you think of a gentle person. Someone who doesn’t explode in anger. One who thinks before replying, whether verbally, in email or text, or on social media? Think about how much better this world would be if we all were more gentle and meek!
*Andy Mort, “Gentleness is Strength: The 7 Habits of Highly Gentle People,” andymort.com, https://www.andymort.com/gentleness-is-strength/, emphasis in original.
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