Being gentle.



Recently, I've rediscovered a human characteristic, that of gentleness. It was the underlying function of care-giving in a rehabilitation section of the hospital.


After dialing 911, one sees no appearance of gentleness when four huge firemen-looking guys enter your home loaded with bags of heavy equipment, perform certain tests, then efficiently carry your loved one out on a metal chair and then lift her effortlessly into a truck-like ambulance.


I was instructed to follow but told not to go through any red lights.


Yet underlying this robust appearance, lies a great degree of gentleness. I'm eternally grateful to these tough looking guys as I am to several other tough looking guys who helped push my car out of traffic when it stalled recently. They then receded into the social scene without grateful thanks from me.


I'm used to tough-looking guys. I was in the war with these men of gentle souls. Appearance of toughness does not mean lack of gentleness of heart.  And so now the concept of gentleness enters my mind and becomes the basis of a social analytical tool.


Gentleness is the basis of this therapeutic process called rehabilitation for those who have suffered a stroke. It seems that no amount of money could compensate any of these individuals for the loving work they do. This seems a religion based on gentleness.


This characteristic is in all of us, tough and meek alike. It needs to be practiced as in this process on a daily basis and openly.  Imagine this slogan on a freeway sign, “are you being gentle today.”

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