Thursday, 2 January 2014

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Fluffy like Concrete

I'm revisiting an older post for my very first Thoughtful Thursday of 2014. Why? Because it's also my New Year's Resolution - to be fluffy like concrete.

Several years ago an online acquaintance accused me of being "fluffy New Age." In his opinion my spiritual views were vastly inferior to his own. Basically, his religion was darker and less forgiving than my viewpoint. He saw my optimism, my belief in a generous and kind God, as... fluffy.

At the time I was shocked. I had never thought of myself as New Age and I’d never thought of my spiritual beliefs as “fluffy.” I felt very insulted, until I remembered something my husband once told me. My husband once worked on a building site with a Welsh guy who used to work the concrete mixer. He'd admire the concrete and say, in a thick Welsh accent, “Nice and fluffeeee!”

I remember that and it all clicks into place. I think spiritual faith should always be fluffy like concrete – soft, gentle, loving and compassionate, but built on a strong personal foundation. Being gentle is not being weak. Standing in your own personal faith does not have to be done with aggression.
 


 It is possible for the meek to inherit the earth... if your heart is fluffy like concrete.

6 comments:

  1. Very profound and wise, Michelle. Thank you for this post!

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  2. I love it! May we all be fluffy as concrete! Thanks for the share, Aunty Shell!

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  3. :-) Thank you... two very fluffy-hearted ladies ;-)

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  4. Thank you, Michelle. I will try and be fluffy as concrete, too, this year. Good advice and thank you.
    x x x

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  5. Yes, I also believe in standing for my own personal faith without being aggressive. In the past I was on the receiving end of aggressiveness and that actually didn't help me in getting closer to God. I sure hope that I'll never ever ever do something like that to anyone - I don't want to be a stumbling block for anyone's faith to grow, but I also don't want to feel embarrassed about my faith.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by, Linda Dee. And best wishes for 2014.

    Hi Amel
    Yes, it's really a turn off when people get aggressive about their faith.

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