Living Gently

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” — Buddha

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” — Philippians 4:5

“May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty
all the days of your life.” — Apache blessing

What is your reigning priority throughout your day? It’s difficult to remember what should guide our every action—what our attitude toward all the little things should be. We are often encouraged by the world to be go-getters, fighting for success whether it be in academics, our work, our income, our name. But the word “gentle” feels strikingly dissimilar to those goals. What does it mean to live fully yet gently?

I think we all know a handful of good examples of those whose nearly every touch was gentle. I’m thinking mostly of my grandmothers and their kind eyes and accepting hearts. If I could go about my every day with that goal as my guide, I think things would feel a bit differently.

Live gently and see how that affects your attitude today.

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