Today I’m joining Holley Gerth’s “Coffee for Your Heart” Encouragement Challenge. Our question was: What encouraging words do you want the people you care about to hear as they begin a new year?
Despite what you’ve been told as far back as you can remember, you’re not “too sensitive”.
When everyone in kindergarten was picking favorite colors and you picked black because no one else did and you felt sorry for it, your choice showed the sweetness of a tender heart.
When the boys made fun of how you couldn’t hit the ball during recess no matter how hard you tried, your tears revealed the vulnerability of a tender heart.
When you realized there were children in this world who were hungry and cold and needy, your offering of your favorite blankie demonstrated the benevolence of a tender heart.
When you tossed and turned all night, long after the yelling died down, wondering who you would live with (or if you’d even be given a choice), your turmoil told the sorrows of a tender heart.
When Susie’s mother died and months later you still cried with her as if you’d lost your own, you exposed the empathy of a tender heart.
When you shared your sandwich, loaned your sweater, saved a seat, kept that secret, and refused to tease, you shared the generosity of a tender heart.
When you stood up and spoke up for those who had no voice, in spite of the tremor in your own, you proclaimed the humanity of a tender heart.
So when the next person tries to write you off as “too sensitive,” you set ’em straight (especially if it’s the gal in the mirror):
“No, I’m actually not ‘too sensitive.’
But I am blessed.
I’m blessed by the Strength of a tender heart.” (Click to Tweet this.)
- What have you been told you were “too sensitive” about?
- Anything else on your heart!