Flowers do not need to persuade you of their beauty.
They just sit there being their own damn sweet selves, and we are inspired.
We are taught to be assertive in order to persuade someone, commence or change something. Assertiveness is seen as a modern day virtue.
However, the individuals who have had the greatest effect on me were the gentle sort. Those who didn’t try to convince me of the right way to do something, or how I should be. They were good listeners as much as anything, and carried themselves by soft action.
Being gentle is hard(excuse the pun).
I have had to go through a bit of a re-wiring process this last year or two. Rough circumstances have knocked a few sharp edges off, but if the school of hard knocks is your only teacher, you just get worn down and eroded away at some point.
You can’t be gentle without first being easier and softer on yourself.
Berating yourself for every f**k up you make, or have made, does not make you better or treat others more kindly. The opposite in fact.
So, just go a bit easier on yourself, petal….you’re alright really.