Tenderness is something much needed in the world today.
We think we need to be tougher, stronger, and more independent.
But the truth is...
we need each other.
Yes we might make each other crazy at times, we won't often agree, and we all need moments alone to recharge.
But, as a norm - people need to be with other people.
I'd like to even suggest, that people need to be with other people to practice the art of relationship building and relationship I think relationship building requires tenderness.
My grandson Owen asked to hold his brand new baby cousin Atticus at our Labor Day Picnic today. His mamma (my daughter) helped him hold him carefully and as he stared at this tiny one month old infant, he was overcome with tenderness for him and kissed him.
We all gasped.We teared up. This loving display, "got us in the feels".
We were proud of this busy two-year old Owen showing such gentle intention and care for little Atticus. We all saw how, in the midst of all our differences and challenges, a little bit of tenderness goes a long way.
A little tenderness goes a really long way.