Respond to this quote: "Feelings are everywhere. Be gentle."

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This quote is asking people to be sensitive, and to be careful about what they say and do, because feelings are strong, powerful, and everyone has them.  Because of this, we need to be aware that what we do and say can have an impact on other people.  "Be gentle" in what you say and do; if you have something difficult to say to someone, say it carefully, and with forethought, not just blurting things out.

I do feel that it is important to be sensitive to other people's feelings when we are choosing to speak or act.  However, I also feel that being overly-sensitive to what other people say or do to us can lead to a lot of frustration and hurt feelings.  I would bet that half of the time that you are offended by something that someone says or does to you, that they didn't do it on purpose.  And even if they did do it on purpose, you have two choices:  get angry and spend a lot of time and energy moping about and feeling victimized, OR, brush it off and move on with your life. While the opinions of others are informative and important, they should not be the determining factor in your self-esteem.  It is good to be okay with yourself, flaws and all; this helps the rather silly, stupid or rude things that people do have less of an impact on your own emotional health.  Being gentle about others is ideal, but in this world, it helps to be able to just walk away from the energy and time that being offended can take.

I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!