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My word for the day, this week, is Fragile.

Raise your hand if you want to pronounce this word as “fra-jee’-lay” because you’ve seen A Christmas Story.  😀  All these years later, I still want to pronounce it that way every time I see it.  It makes me chuckle.

And then I think of that awful plastic lamp!  Which turned out to be way more fragile than I would have expected plastic to be, lol.

However, what really drew me to the word fragile this week is people and relationships.  People are fragile.  Our hearts are so easily broken.  And there are too many people only too eager to contribute to that breaking.

It should be a given that babies come with the label “Fragile, handle with care!”  Unfortunately, too many seem to forget that.  We never really lose that label either, even though lots of us may deny that.  I think that denial is a shield, personally.  I believe everyone wants to feel like their heart is being tenderly cradled in someone’s caring hand.

There is no weakness in kindness, in being tender-hearted.  I believe kindness requires strength.  Can you imagine being kind to someone who’s being a jerk to you?  Being a jerk back is easy.  Kindness is hard.

Kindness isn’t fragile, and it’s good for what is.

What’s on your mind this week?

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fragile

(ˈfrædʒaɪl)

adj

1. able to be broken easily

2. in a weakened physical state

3. delicate; light: a fragile touch.

4. slight; tenuous: a fragile link with the past.

[C17: from Latin fragilis, from frangere to break]

ˈfragilely adv

fragility, fragileness n

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