Rockin’ and Talkin’ with the Clinton Seniors’ Association

A meditation on gentleness.

By Zee Chevalier

“Fall has always been my favourite season.

The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

Laura Destefano

September 22 is the first day of autumn. That may be the first official day, but the cooler weather came in the last two weeks of August. Hopefully the rain we are getting is falling where it is most needed: on the fires. Perhaps a gentle rain will be effective on the wildfires, but won’t precipitate another series of landslides.

Who has not introduced a new baby or kitten to a toddler and not said, “Be gentle”? Gentle is one of those words you almost whisper when you say it. Our voice drops and we use a soft tone.

Gentleness is sometimes more effective than sheer strength. This is especially true in our relationships. By using a gentle approach with others we can talk more easily about difficult things.

Gentleness is a strong hand with a soft touch. It is a tender, compassionate approach towards others’ weaknesses and limitations.

A gentle person still speaks truth — sometimes even painful truth — but guards his tone and speaks the truth in a way in which others can receive it. Unfortunately, too many people equate gentle with weakness. It is clearly a misunderstanding to assume weakness has anything to do with gentleness. In fact, the reverse is true. In Webster’s dictionary there are more than forty definitions of gentle, and weakness is not one of them.

It’s the strong hand, not the weak one, that must learn how to be gentle. Greatness can only be shown by those who are strong. Gentleness is essential for maintaining healthy relationships. Anger, selfishness, pride, and careless words are not an option.

The Foot Clinic will be held on September 6. To discuss your foot care needs or to book an appointment, call Colleen Thom, RN, FCN, FCNEd, at 1-250-819-1632.

The next regular general meeting of the Clinton Seniors’ Association will be on September 20 following a potluck lunch at the Clinton Seniors’ Centre, 217 Smith Avenue. Come and join us!

Happy Birthday on September 15 to Diane Moulton and on September 27 to Irene McDonald.

“How beautiful leaves grow old. How full of light and colour are their last days.”

John Burroughs

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