Gentle: Calm, kind or soft.
Intention: Something that you want and plan to do.
I like calm. When I’m calm I notice things, ordinary things, little tiny beautiful things and I behave gently.
Kindness rebounds, if we all did one kind thing a day the world would be different. One more smile, one more genuine hello, one more “hey, I made you a batch of cookies”, “hey, how are you, can I help?” or maybe if we chose to not say some things.
I also love soft. I definitely cry. I feel sad when people are embarrassed, sad or hurt. I don’t like injustice and I care how people feel. I like that about myself, feeling is real, and compassion that’s important.
A year or so ago I started to live a little more simply. I simplified our life, our home, our food, our time and I learnt that with a little bit of intention a whole lot of change can happen.
Are we living the perfect simple life? I’ve realised that perfect doesn’t exist and understanding that makes things a whole lot simpler. It’s about finding your own version of a simple life and appreciating both the beauty and the messy.
From where we started a lot has changed and a lot is also the same. There is however, more connection, more calm, more kindness, we’re greener and there’s a whole lot more fun stuff happening around here. Oh and yes, I’m still soft! But maybe just a little more confident about being soft.
I did blog last year so this is not a new space for me, I’ve since removed that blog, it served it’s purpose.
“As instinctively as the swallows, I have always known the time to go to a place and the time to leave” – Juliette de Bairacli Levy
I love this quote, I’m sure this online space is not what Juliette was referring to but I love the sentiment, there are many a place or relationship we can all leave when it’s time, rather than linger just a little too long.
Can I also use it as a metaphor for habits and attachment to things? I’m sure there are plenty of those we could leave too but maybe I’m pushing it? Yes, I thought so.
It took me a while 2016! But I found a word, gentle. Gently and slowly is how I plan to move, it’s easier that way, it comes from a calm place.
What I need, I already have, and in abundance too. I was reminded of this once by the words of cityhippyfarmgirl . A simple truth that has stuck with me until I was ready to embrace it.
What a gift. I’m not going to regret missing this moment…wishing for the next one, there are things to love, things to learn, things to make and things to give a shit about.
“What we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin
Slowly, calmly, each day, with gentle intention.