Just when I think I have learned what being gentle is I have to relearn it all over again. I guess this is the beauty of life and of our greatest lessons. To learn it, relearn it and then learn it otra vez. Proving we will never get “it” “just right” but that getting “it” “just right” is not even the point.
For me the lesson on gentleness is the one lesson that keeps showing up over and over and over again. I am curious what lessons keep popping up for you, for others? Is it gentleness also? Boundaries? Compassion? I’m truly interested in knowing and perhaps I will make this subject a conversation starter…hope I don’t scare ‘em off!
I just heard the Dear Sugars Podcast: The Power of No Part 1 and 2 in which Oprah is a special guest. The lady O says that her recurring learning lesson is “on saying no.” Oprah talks about defining her real reasons for saying yes and finding authenticity in her answers be it yes or no. If you haven’t already heard this podcast episode I suggest you do so as soon as possible, if not this second, its that good!
The thing is we all have a recurring learning lesson, even Oprah, we must identify “it” the lesson because it will be recurring.
The lesson on gentle popped on by in my neighborhood a few days ago. It waved its hands in my face and almost yelling said “Hi!! Remember me?!” “It” was annoyingly over enthusiastic and I was not ready for it’s company. I reciprocated by rolling my eyes and considering throwing a tantrum. But the recurring lesson on gentle didn’t much care and still stuck around.
Currently the lesson on gentle is here with me 24/7, trying to teach me something new. Making me (yup forcing me) to reevaluate just how much more gentle I can be. With myself, my children, my diet, my self-care, my aging parents and the way I engage with life. Recurring lesson occurring again! I can only hope I put in the hours and open my eyes and heart.
All the love,
PS…you can share your reoccurring lesson with me via comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org just sayin!