One of the things that often gets lost in the day to day grind of living is our tenderness.
People can be really harsh, especially today.
The conformists won’t admit it but I think even they are tired of being told what to do.
We aren’t created to be managed we are created to manage.
There’s a huge difference and in our culture today people seem to want us all on the same page or not on any page at all.
Well that’s not the way it works in world.
My tenderness got a dose or reality when my wife had a medical emergency and everything that seemed important yesterday somehow lost its ranking on the importance meter.
Tenderness does not equate with weakness in fact, in my eyes, you must be bold, strong and powerful to exhibit the characteristics of true tenderness.
People will see us as they choose to.
I’m learning there’s not a lot you can do to change that.
But the better lesson in the school of tenderness is I shouldn’t have to do anything to change it so I won’t.
My wife ended up at the Rocky Mountain Eye Center in Missoula Montana and you want to talk about tenderness, those folks are true teachers.
I wonder that preservation of tenderness starts with a more narrow perspective and less wiggle room for the tenderness thieves?
Perhaps what is needed is a more regenerative approach to life?
The video attached to this short blog is about a new winery, Compton Family Wines, out of Philomath Oregon.
They are a new client and everything they do on their vineyard and farm falls under the term “regenerative farming”.
It basically means they use farming practices that focus the health of the entire eco-system not just high production.
I tend measure success based on how much I produce, that’s how I was raised, the more the better.
But what I’m discovering is that’s not sustainable, not in this crazy, internet focused world we live in.
Perhaps it’s time to regenerate what I do and get back to focusing on why I do it.
Have a great weekend.
Oh, and happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.