Today I am sharing a few of my many favourite quotes by “Ralph Sockman” that I think sums up every person’s will to survive and push forward, seeing their tomorrow’s sunrises rise & their evenings sunsets set. Ralph Sockman also throws into the mix a persons own resolve in the questioning of their own real strengths, self-gentleness, inner morals, value & convictions.
A Quote Written By Ralph Sockman
“ Nothing Is So Strong As Gentleness & Nothing Is So Gentle As Real Strength ”
What Does Ralph Sockman’s Quote Mean?
Well …. at some time or another in everyone’s life we all go through rough patches and turbulent waters that engrave deeply both negative and positive lessons deeply into our soul’s & minds.
These lessons show us how strong we are when we are going through troubled times & they show us our resolves when the storm is blown over. What Ralph Sockman is saying is this…. ” A person’s inner gentleness is a beautiful tool to own, it allows us to show empathy, love and consideration to others and to ourselves. When someone is gentle they are often endearing to others, people find gentle souls a great comfort in trying times.
On the negative side of gentleness, people and their giving nature can often be taken for granted… a giving nature is a soft target for those always seeking an easy path to self gain. There is a great deal of truth to the fact that a gentle soul can sometimes leave its owner existing in a lonely world…. feeling as though they are only wanted by others for what they have to offer often leaves a person’s soul empty or unfulfilled.
On the plus side of gentleness, people are not only characteristic of noble & kind they are people who other seeks out for true and meaningful relationship’s & friendships.
Gentleness is more than a personal disposition. It’s an outgrowth of love. It is when you care enough to choose not to be harsh, rash, angry, or rough. Gentleness is when you learn and use the best way to hold an egg or a butterfly. A gentle person knows better than to harm others, and so chooses to act in a way that does not. A gentle person does not seek to make other people angry. Gentleness may lose battles, but it helps win the overall struggles. A gentle response tends to create fewer enemies and more friends. Spiritual fruits all tie together. Self-control overcomes impulsive reactions, which are usually not gentle. Gentle care grows the ability to bear suffering or disadvantage for a long time. Those who have an attitude of kindness (looking for ways to benefit others) will treat others gently. It can not only prevent harm, it can create room for emotional healing.
Reference – http://www.spirithome.com/gentleness.html
Real Strength is the self empowerment that a person possess within themselves that see’s them as people continue to be of a loving nature and personable self after the storms of their own lives have passed through.
When a person shows real strength they are able to see the positives that come out of events that have set their lives into moments of turmoil or sadness. Even if a person is sad or upset they are able to break themselves free of their downtimes and push forward into rebuilding their lives.
Real strength isn’t something that a person’s possess naturally, real strength is something that can only be accessed over time. By definition, it involves a person’s ability to deal with challenges and bounce back from them, real strength is inner empowerment and isn’t just about surviving the hard times, it is also about thriving in what is a persons here and now life despite the challenges that a person has gone through.
I think that Ralph Sockman sums up his written quote “ Nothing Is So Strong As Gentleness & Nothing Is So Gentle As Real Strength ” in the study of his next two quotes:
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”
“True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.”Gentleness & Real Strength is certainly seen when a person has a choice of standing on the foundations of his or her own morals, value & convictions even if that means that they are at odds with the majority of those making the same choices.
Showing support and empowerment to a cause or to the people they are choosing to support is a moment of choice that isn’t for the faint hearted, people often feel the loneliest when they are having to make a choice between standing alone for their beliefs or standing in a crowd with their moral selves being held into self question.
When we are placed in these moment when we must choose… we suddenly find our selves on one side or another.. standing alone or in a small group of like-minded thinker or standing in a crowded space of majority rule thinkers who are either their to save face/relationships but have little self-respect to place their own moral thinking’s on the line.
When self loyalty is tested the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority – ‘meaning that when we are in a majority our selves morals and values are often questioned and its then that we are able to see ourselves from the view-point of our own thinking’s… these moments are called a moral dilemma’s – situations in which there is a choice to be made between two options, neither of which resolves the situation in an ethically acceptable fashion.
In moral dilemma’s true humility is either shown or shunned…
When humility is shown true strength is brought into play & when it is shunned our inner strengths, moral compasses and gentleness towards others is thrown to the wind.
Showing gentleness, real strength own real strengths, self-gentleness, inner morals, value & convictions and stand point that we as humans have a choice in using.
Both sides of the coin have great implications for our choosing to use and display gentleness, real strength own real strengths, self-gentleness, inner morals, value & convictions but in the end it comes down to what is important to us as people.. how we as people see ourselves and what is important to who it is that we are not only to ourselves but also in the eyes of others.
Personally, in my own life…
I have on may occasions had to choose where it is that I stand & whilst I knew in all of those moments that I would often find myself standing alone I always chose what was
important to me, standing tall in the days when my gentleness, real strength, inner morals, values & convictions were being tested & questioned…. I have always know that being true to myself & my beliefs would always earn me the respect of myself and not necessarily that of others.
I may lose battles, & friendships may part like divided river ways & at times I may have fewer friends and a greater number of enemies & there may be times when I question my own views and stand points but standing true to myself and what I believe in helps me to win the overall fight.
I am not a rebel or a warrior to a cause…
I just know who I am & in knowing who I am;
& who I am as a person is
“A person of gentleness, real strength, inner morals, values & convictions”
I know that being anything other than me;
Wouldn’t make me at all happy within myself.
A quote I live By Is
“I would rather stand alone in my convictions then stand alone in a group of people full of ignorance’s”
Author. Tanya Kelly