Here’s another thought, perhaps related. I recently read something to the effect that the strong are gentle (attributed to James Dean). We who lead our lives in our neighborhoods can more easily be gentle and yet strong, but what about those out there creating and carrying out public policy? Much more complicated. And yet some do offer a gentle demeanor. I have my list, you have yours; I’m sure we have some of the same names.
I’m thinking, however, in order to lead a gentle but strong life we require times of solitude, if for no other reason than we need to remember to be gentle, remember not to say the first thing that comes to mind, remember that a gentle word is kind, strong and powerful-- as in loving.