Gentleness-
Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly. When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a safer, gentler place.

http://www.52virtues.com/virtues/the-52-virtues.php

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I love the virtue of Gentleness, and how that shows up in our BEingness.  As someone with a “controller” personality trait, there have been times in my life that I didn’t realize just how strong I may have come across to others. I would often say that I wasn’t going to “sugar-coat” anything for anyone.  I look at it from another perspective now- I am definitely authentic as it relates to how I show up, my opinion and such- although it’s more important for me now to seek to understand and less important that I be right. The idea of a “Responsible” conversation, which is the ability to respond instead of react, is important to me- and having peace in my home and in my life are non-negotiable’s. It’s what I am choosing. I don’t think that speaking quietly means to be meek or unseen, for me its about being humble and having a mutual respect. There are so many opportunities in each day to practice being gentle and kind. To look in the mirror at where I can make changes in my perspective instead of thinking that the problem is “out there”. I like the idea of having the option to make the world a safer and gentler place – Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…

 

 

 

 

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