Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sweetness, a word that means so many things
It can be an endearment, a description of character, the flavor of a food, a general term of something that pleases us in a gentle way and somehow soothes our soul.
Way back in the early part of the 1900s gentle, compliant and charming young ladies were often nicknamed “Sweetness,” for they were.
From birth, they had the soft Southern charm which enticed everybody in their company to be a better, less hostile and more forgiving person than those persons would ordinarily have been. In their company, it would have been unthinkable to express strong, negative opinions about other people, public and political events, current music, criminal goings-on, whispered-about scandals (sex and drink) and other not-so-nice things.
Such opinions would have been horribly out of place in the presence of sweetness.
Somehow, while thinking these Pollyanna ladies (rarely, gentlemen) were gentle fools, one found oneself thinking that this mindset was not so foolish and ignorant. It was a relief to fall into this gentle, non-judgmental way of thinking.
In this mode, one only thought good of one’s fellow man, did not harbor mean and insulting terms of description when you were about to speak of them, even though in your usual life, these terms were at the top of your mind.
In the company of the people termed “Sweetness” all your Christian godliness was forced to come to attention, for to be otherwise would have instantly branded you as a primitive boor and not fit for decent company. All the good manners you had been taught suddenly rose up and took the forefront. You were correctly charming.
You said nothing out of place. In fact, you painted your sworn enemies with gold. (Somehow, your hatred and disgust with them faded into “sweetness”).
Delicious desserts which charmed your tongue with sweetness somehow changed your mood from some form of negativity to laid-back ease. Maybe all that sugar went directly to your head and heart. Not such a bad thing.
Perhaps we need to indulge ourselves more with sweetness. You are still yourself, with all your negative and hostile feelings toward so many things in this modern world that deserve anger and hostility. However, to relax into sweetness is to rid yourself of all these negative, acid and destructive feelings and just fall into being a lovely, non-judgemental, open and caring person no matter what the world throws at you.
Sweetness is a gentle summer day, moving slowly in a wooden swing on the porch, lemonade in hand, cat purring in your lap, good dog leaning against your knee, loved ones around you dreaming gently and kindly as you dream, enjoying life at its most sublime.
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