Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gentle-men..................... and woman!

LaDieS anD gEntLemEn :

'GentLeneSs" iS an inTeReStinG fRuiT oF thE sPiRit.
Just likE thE othEr spiRituaL fRuitS, 
gEntLenSs iS an aSpeCt oF God's chaRaCteR
whiCh God's foLloweRs takE on aS theY foLlow ChriSt. 
BeinG gEntle mEanS thaT yoU refuSe to uSe poweR foR anY
haRmfuL aCts. iT iS an unWiLlinGneSs to cuT anD slaSh aT peOple,
spiTe or conTroL.

GentLeneSs iS a deSire thaT nO haRm bE dOne.
TheRe aRe waYs to bE boLd, nOn-viOlent waYs yo
stanD uP foR whaT is riGht,
anD nOn-maniPulaTive waYs to leaD anD convinCe

iT iS juSt nOt ouR hUman naTuRe to bE gEntle. aGreE?
iT iS beyOnd ouR 'soCiety's inFluenCe'.
We aRe simply nOt gEntle cReatuRes.

DeSpite thE teRm 'gEntlemAn'.
MaleS simPly aRen't gEntle theSe daYs.
nOt aLl. Most.
  MaleS aRe quiCker iF thE fiSts anD haRsh woRds.
wOmen on thE otheR hanD aRe, haVe hiStoricaLly beEn more gEntle,
but thaT's a rElatiVe matteR, thEy havE theiR oWn waYs oF bEinG
viciOus anD deStRuctivE. nOt to mEntiOn maniPulaTivE.

TodaY's woRld givEs rEwaRd to hoStiLity anD gOinG to an eXtReme.
iF wE aRe to beaR thE fRuit oF gEntleneSs, wE neEd thE 
SpiRit to giVe uS thE aBliTy to bE genTle wHen iT's
haRdeSt to bE thaT waY. 

GentlenEsS iS whEn yoU caRe enOuGh to cHoOse
nOt tO bE haRsH, raSh, angRy oR rouGh.

GentLeneSs is wHen yOu knOw tHe beSt waY to hoLd an eGg.
A gEntle peRsOn knOws beTteR than to haRm otheRs,
anD so chOoseS tO aCt in a waY thaT doeS nOt.

A gEntLe reSponSe tenDs to cReatE fewEr enemiEs, anD moRe fRienDs.

Do yOu rEaLiZe iT takEs leSs timE to smiLe than iT doeS to
spEaK an enTiRe linE of woRds? 

TrY StanDinG in fRonT oF yoUr miRroR foR a mOmEnt.
SmiLe aT youRseLf foR thReE seConDs.
Then, fRown whiLe you'Re saYinG, "can'T yOu bE anY faSteR?",
anD aT thE samE timE, taP youR foOt.
How lonG diD tHat taKe?

How diD you feEl aFteR eaCh aCtiOn?
WaS theRe onE thaT maDe you eitheR feeL siLly oR
maD you laUgh aT youRseLf?
WaS thErE one thaT madE yOu feEl aGitaTed anD gRumPy?
Did eithEr onE takE veRy lonG? diD eitHer aCtiOn
chanGe thE speEd of thE cloCk?

Now, let's saY thaT yOu haVe pOor motOr skiLls anD iT
takEs yOu a feW seConDs to dO somEthinG thaT takEs manY peOple onE secOnd.
SomEonE iS bEinG imPatienT wiTh yOu.
FirSt, loOk in thE miRroR anD yEll sOmethinG baCk aT thEm in
anGeR and fUstRatiOn.
Next, smiLe anD saY "heLlo theRe" oR "goOd daY".
diD eitheR chanGe hOw lonG iT toOk yOu to
acCompliSh thE taSk?

So…, wHat wiLl yOu chOosE to dO neXt timE yOu aRe
shOppinG, aRe in a paRkinG lot, aRe simPly dRivinG to woRk?
wilL yoU raCe aCroSs tHe paRkinG lot anD bE fuStrateD,
wiTh a sloW pedEstRian oR somEonE baCkinG oUt oF a paRkinG spaCe?
WilL you bE so impaTienT aT a stOre thaT yOu
gRowl aT peOple foR bEinG in yOur waY foR moRe thaT twO seCondS?
WiL yOu yEll baCk aT thoSe imPatienT wiTh yOu?
Will yoU riSk saFety to paSs a sloW dRiveR oR bEat a peDestRian
cRossinG thE roaD?

Or.......... wiLl yoU choOse to bE gEntle witH otheRs anD youRseLf? 

For juSt onE daY tRy an eXpeRimEnt.
FoR onE daY pRomiSe youRseLf yOu wiL bE gEntle.
You wiLl bE gEntle witH otheRs anD youRseLf.
yoU wilL smiLe inSteaD of baRk.

You wiLl bReatHe deEply oR sinG a sonG whEn
yOu feeL thE anXiety cOminG oveR
you of thE timE faCtoR cloSinG in on youR BeinG.
You will smiLe at thE peRson whO iS impaTienT.
How dO yoU wanT to feEl aT thE enD oF youR daYs?
iF yoU wanT gEntle, peaCefuL evEninGs, thEn livE gEntleR, peaCefuL daYs.
iF yOu wAnt hEctiC, eXhauStinG evEninGs, thEn bE anGry anD
fuStRated aLl daY.

TimE wiLl gO on anD it dOesn't maTter wHat yOu chOose to do.
NeitheR onE wiL makEtimE go anY sloWeR or any quiCkeR,
Sooo, leT makE thE timE thaT goEs bY woRthwhiLe, bY
bEinG gentLe thRough Out thE daYs.

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