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Gentleness/Gentle Self 43rd Good Word in the “Good Words Project”

Updated on October 10, 2016

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Jo Grace Goldsmith, is a person who cares deeply for other people and she created "Project Good Word" and each week she gave us one word that each of us should learn and live by to inspire us to become better writers/authors/poets.

When I spoke with Grace, she told me about the project, and I promised her that I would write a poem for each word.

Gentleness-self: be gentle and patience with one's self. I looked up the words but I don't know where I found the definition, because now I can't find it, so this word will be changed to Gentleness/Gentle-Self.

Now this poem that has been unfeatured, most of (Jo) Grace's hubs about the "Good Words" were unfeatured and her hub score dropped actually all her hubs were unfeatured. She was so disheartened that she took down all her hubs and only kept her account so she can read the work of other Hubbers and her friends.

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Gentleness/Gentle-Self 43rd Good Word in the “Good Words Project”

© by Shyron Shenko


Gentleness/Gentle-self

I thought this must be wrong

Until I did my research

And here it is and now I know

It is a seed of self-love that everyone should sow

Gentleness/Gentle-self is...

When you are weary

From self-doubt, anguish, or fear

Get in touch with your Gentle-self

And wipe away your tears

Gentleness/Gentle-Self is ….

Your inner-self

Is the inner-being

That you know is true, that’s inside of you

When you feel there is no one else

Gentleness/Gentle-Self is ….

I did not know about my Gentle-self

Until I learned this word

I thought that it was wrong

It is one I had never heard

Gentleness/Gentle-self is …

It is the voice, the heart and the soul

Inside of us that helps us learn and grow

If it is hard to feel compassion

You must spring into action

Gentleness/Gentle-self is …

Then open your heart and let your Gentle-self out

So you can wipe away all seed of doubt

Like the words of Shakespeare tell you what to do

To thine own self be true


© 2015 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Jo Grace Goldsmith, is a person who cares deeply for other people and she created "Project Good Word" and each week she gave us one word that each of us should learn and live by to inspire us to become better writers/authors/poets.

      When I spoke with Jo (Grace,) she told me about the project, and I promised her that I would write a poem for each word.

      Gentleness/Gentle-self: be gentle and patience with one's self. I looked up the words but I don't know where I found the definition, because now I can't find it, so this word will be changed to Gentleness/Gentle-Self.

      Now this poem that has been unfeatured, most of (Jo) Grace's hubs about the "Good Words" were unfeatured and her hub score dropped actually all her hubs were unfeatured. She was so disheartened that she took down all her hubs and only kept her account so she can read the work of other Hubbers and her friends.

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment, comment and for sharing. I appreciate you my dear friend.

      I hope that all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      One should always be their own best friend as Mildred Newman, the author of the book by that name, stated and explained very well. Sharing this excellent poem again.

      Hope you're having a good day and that all is well. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, that is what this poem is all about.

      Thank you for the comment.

      Blessings and hugs!

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Paula, I too am a worry-wart and have e-mailed other hubbers who have not been around for a while. I am sure that they just as I, know that you asked out of concern and not to be nosy and I truly appreciate you.

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And thank you for replying. I am a worry-wart. I've been known to email hubbers I haven't seen in a while. I can only hope they don't think I'm "nosy," because I am not. My best to you ladies!

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Paula, thank you for asking about Jo, she has taken some time to take care of her health. She plans to return soon stronger than ever. I know she appreciates everyone’s concerns, and I thank you my beautiful friend for yours.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shyron....Sorry but I need to ask....Why has Jo been inactive for over 2 months? Nothing is wrong, we hope!

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Always be your own best friend. Sharing this again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Chris, thank you for the comment. Yes, it is harder to forgive one's self.

      Blessings to cam8510

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo, thank you for the compliment, comments, thumb-up and for sharing. You are the one who has inspired me. Thank you.

      I hope to get another poem for the Good Words, as soon as all calms down around here.

      Blessings and you special ((Hugs)) (((((((((Sis Jo)))))))))

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Forgiving ourselves. That's the tough one for most of us I think. Thanks for pointing out this good word that we can take to heart and use.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      This is a great read Shyron! You have really helped to bring the Good Words to a really awesome level. I am so deeply grateful for you. I am inspired by you. And I very much appreciate your talent in sharing your profoundness and creativity with each word in the project. Shared and Up for useful, interesting, beautiful and so awesome!

      Blessings, love & of course....((((((((((((((( Shyron )))))))))))

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Michael, thank you for your kind comment, and up votes.

      Peace and blessings to you also.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Shyron E Shenko.

      Certainly, 'Gentleness-Self -love' is written in between the lines throughout your venerable poem. It is " within us" - within the revived spirit which pervades whole nature, mellowing all which would have been harsh and austere...

      Voted up and awesome.

      Peace and blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Theresa, thank you for the kind comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Larry, for the visit and the comment.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Interesting word-phrase. Not sure I've heard it either. We do need to not be so hard on ourselves, for we are only human.

      I was thinking of one having a gentle spirit, who is soft spoken, kind, desires little attention, cares deep for others and listens.

      (((Hugs))

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great writing and engaging topic.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Jodah, for the comment, compliment, I appreciate you and glad you like Chris de Burgh song too.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good work Shyron, thanks for making us all aware of the term"gentle-self". it's a new one on me too, and I need to go get in touch with my "gentle-self" right now. Love the Chris de Burgh song too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Ruby, thank you for the compliment and comment, I do appreciate you so much. I had heard the word and thought the person saying it meant be kind to yourself, until I did the research and found it meant, don't be hard on yourself or go easy on yourself, forgive yourself.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The gentle-self is a reassuring word that calms when you think about the meaning. I love that you found this word. I also think it is a reminder for us to be gentle with ourselves, sometimes I am too critical with myself, ie, perfection-- It is ok to not be perfect in everything. ( I'm talking to myself here. ) lol. Love what you do my friend Shyron.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ann, thank you for the compliment, visit and comments. I do appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you for the Angels, comments, and compliments. I am glad that found comfort and enjoyed the song.

      Blessings are being sent back to you with the angels.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo (tobusiness) thank you for the comment. This phrase-word was new to me also, then the research gave me understanding of just what it meant.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you for the visit, comment and compliment. I too, never heard the phrase-word, I was quite surprised when I looked it up.

      I have always tried to live that way also.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Clever poem, great rhythm and good that you finished up with Shakespeare! I hadn't heard of 'gentle-self' either but it's a good one.

      Well done, Shyron! You've hit the jackpot again.

      Ann

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, up-votes, pinning and sharing and most of all for being my friend.

      No we were not outside yesterday, hop to be able to get out today, look like it is going to be a beautiful day.

      Blessings and hugs to you dear friend.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Echoing what some others have said I have not heard that before but it works. Gentleness is a word that calls to mind such kind and tender moments that it offers comfort just at the mention.

      Thank you for sharing...and the Gentle Rivers song is perfect.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is new to me, but I love the idea of getting in touch with my inner Gentle-Self. Interesting word and concept.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that....gentle-self. I've never heard of that but I prefer it. Beautiful work as always, my friend. Gentleness is something that has always been in my DNA....I've tried to always live by it.

      blessings always

      bill

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting. I don't think I have a gentle self to give me support when things go wrong or make bad moments better. If I did, that self would surly be wore out by now with the life I have had.

      Good job figuring out what this phrase/word means and finding ways to use it. Voted up and BAUI. Pinned to AH and sharing with HP followers.

      Hope you've been able to get outside and enjoy this pretty day. Blessings and hugs dear friend . . .

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