Tender is not always my companion.  She slows me down and keeps me from being able to  place another check mark on my to do-list.

Tender sees people more than the task and stops to say “Hello, How are You?” then she listens to their reply.

Accomplishment and I team up more frequently.  We can get more done in one day than most people.  We are a speed boat, and we tend to leave people dead in our wake.

Lately, I have heard Tender calling to me.  I long for her company.

Accomplishment has left me lonely and frustrated.  

Accomplishment is an addiction and must be fed too often.

There is a sense of purity with Tender, a kind of cleansing.  I empty myself of my own burdens so that I can learn to partner with her.  I try to remember to introduce Tender to my friends.

I look for Tender daily along with her sisters Mercy and Grace.  Their words of kindness are quite, whispered into the soul of another.  Like a bulb underground feeling the warm touch of the sun,  Tender touches another and a new life quietly blossoms.

And the cycle  of Tender begins again in the heart of another.

Beholding Glory


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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