WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Thursday, July 21, 2022
There are many kinds of power, but to me the power of gentleness is the greatest. For example, consider the strong gentleness of a river. Water is one of the softest of all material things, and yet it can move trees and houses when it floods in the spring. This gentle substance that washes your dishes can effortlessly wash away an entire town in flood season. Then there is the persistent power of even the softest breeze. A cool breeze in the summer can cool the lives and nerves of an entire town in a matter of minutes. One minute you’re sweating and frustrated, and the next minute you’re relishing your life as a tender breeze rustles your hair. Finally, the strongest, bravest, and most admirable people I have ever known were also the gentlest. These are people who know that the most important battles are won only by powerful and authoritative gentleness. Like rivers, these people flow along softly with enormous power. Like the breezes of summer, they change our lives with their sturdy, relentless gentleness.
A SOFT TOUCH (about Shay M., 91, Blessings, CT, USA) Shay's become a soft touch in his elder years. He softly touches problems and they easily dwindle away, and fears always fall victim to his easy-going touch. He lightly strokes his worries as if they're his friends. and they slowly fade off with smiles. If he smoothly rubs a sorrow, it whispers its wisdom to him, and sometimes stays for weeks as his special instructor. At the gentle age of 91, Shay's spoken words have a soothing touch, as if you could stroll with them and softly toss away your worries.
Below, two happy riders on the Kingston Rail Trail yesterday …