“Sometimes it’s not strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.”
—Richard Paul Evans, contemporary American author
Barry and Wendy with Weston
As a relatively new grandpa, I find it fascinating to watch my daughter, son-in-law, and wife interact with little Weston.
Although he is a very good-natured, happy little boy, he does get cranky, fussy, and a bit difficult to manage from time to time.
On most occasions, the trick that works is gently singing one or more of his favorite songs. Within seconds he calms down and begins to smile.
Where and with whom in your personal or professional life would a bit more gentleness crack some hard shells? What specific steps can and will you take to open others up to your influence?
“If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”
—Dale Carnegie, American writer and lecturer
Photo from Flickr by Mini Cooper
Few among us have not experienced a bee sting at some point in our lives.
Honey bees are gentle by nature, and can be found in almost all urban and rural environments. Only when we disturb their gentle worlds do we find ourselves at the end of their stingers.
It is in our best interest to care for these important creatures because of their role in our environment and food supplies.
How can you gain greater sweetness from life from the people in your professional and personal worlds by taking a more gentle and nurturing approach in your daily interactions?