When I was a child I cried all the time; when I got hurt, when a loved one or
stranger was in pain…When I ask people that knew me as a child what I was
like the answer is always the same; “you were VERY sensitive, you cried all
the time.” I remember watching the filmstrip (yes I am that old) “The Incredible
Journey” at school and crying so hard I was kicked out of the classroom
because I was disturbing the other students. I went to see “Benji” in a
theatre and stood on my chair screaming for someone to help Benji when
he was lost in a shopping mall. I guess that is a clue as to why I have always
had an undeniable urge to help others, an itch I can’t avoid scratching, my
entire life. My tenderness and love for others has been a truly wonderful gift
and a horribly painful curse. Whenever I inevitably get hurt by someone my
husband always says, “It is because you are too nice, you need to be a bitch,
then you would not keep getting hurt.” But how, I ask you, can you be a bitch
if tenderness is the personality trait that runs most thickly through your veins.
I can’t change who I am, but in order to survive in the world outside my
safe little home, I need to learn to not let my tenderness be my Achilles heel.
Can tender people really win the race?
Today’s focus is retaining your integrity as a person after being
jaded by the challenges in life.
When you wake up this morning think about the person you are
today. Have you lost a part of yourself to survive in this fast paced,
competitive world? If so, how can you get that special part of yourself
Morning Meditation: “I Start My Day with Love” Robyn Nola
Musical Inspiration to Start Your Day: “Cheerful Songs
to Start Your Day With-Adrina Larisa Sufana-Youtube
Journal Entry: (From: Create Right Now-By Mari)
“What would I be accomplishing if I weren’t so busy standing in my own way, or so busy listening to my inner critics or so busy being overwhelmed by my fears?”
Inspired Listening: “How to Be Emotionally and Mentally Strong”-
Infinite Waters (Diving Deep). Here he offers tips to remain kind and
vulnerable while being emotionally and mentally strong.
Inspired Literature: Here is a link to a very incredible website
that highlights the projects of people that live inspired, vulnerable
lives. It is called the Vulnerability Project.
Art Project: Tenderness Collage:
Collect, Print and Cut Out images of what you relate to your
tenderness. Modge Podge to a canvas and then paint or use sticker/
scrapbook letters to write words you relate to kindness/tenderness.
30 Minutes of Physical Activity: Go for a walk in the forest
or in a natural environment and pay attention to the most
delicate of nature’s creatures. Really connect with them.
Evening Meditation: Louise Hay-Youtube-Emily Stone Music
Much Love, Peace and Namaste