These days I’m hearing plenty about the ‘go-hard’ phenomenon, and, and well, I like it!
It suits my personality-the fierce go-getter that I am. I am inclined to go after my dreams with an unquenchable tenacity, an undisputable resolve that will most times be impenetrable to roadblocks, insults and pain. Affixed to this mantra is passion, aggressiveness/assertiveness, stick-to-itiveness to which I am not averse.
So we’ve all bought into a hardcore mentality which is great, but as I sat contemplatively last evening a thought danced across my mind, ‘Go soft Jodi’. Go soft? Go which freackin’ soft-aint nobody got time fo’ dat!!!!!!! (that’s right Sweet Brown, I got you girl ;-) ) I tried to shake that lame proposition. I.am.not. going.soft. Then the go soft philosophy came back to me this morning-yes hounded me from all di way from desso to yasso(the ‘Go soft’ fairy ah go haad wid di ting yow)and I finally had to concur.
What does going soft really mean?
For me, it is an encouragement to go human-I can be so mechanical in pursuing my interests that I lose that gentle sweetness.
Going soft means to become vulnerable-these aren't the things I want to hear, especially when EVERY TIME I allow myself to become vulnerable, I get hurt-happens EVERY TIME!
Going soft means being willing to be open.
It means that I must take my time. Don’t rush into things quite so blindly-take a step back.
It means that I’m to listen to my intuition.
It means to surrender my own thoughts and feelings on a matter. It means giving an ear to the thoughts of others and lending my heart to understand their pain-even if I get hurt in the process.
Going soft in my mind had such a negative connotation, like ‘go limp’-I HATE THAT! It doesn't even sound right. BUT, I've now come to terms that it does not for a moment imply that I should become a doormat, or weak, or life-less. In fact, the more I go soft is the more compassionate I become, the more connected I am to the human condition, the more genuine and real I am. I evolve into a state of awareness and sensitivity. I’ll never forget the words a favourite lecturer of mine told the class-your technical skills will get you the job, but your soft skills will keep you there. Soft skills? The beauty of your spirit.
From a clinical nutritional stance (mi haffi go deh-‘llow mi), a soft diet is prescribed for those undergoing oral mechanical difficulties-it is modified by consistency/texture to accommodate their needs in order to make food more palatable. Similarly, some a wi too haad an’ barky barky-too tough, like ol’ fowl-stringy and indigestible. My life has been going through a little pressure cooking stage where I am becoming a little more sensitive to people’s needs, a little more appreciable to those around who may be a little compromised, providing that tenderness and gentleness of spirit needed to cheer those around me.
I am in no wise discounting the sagacity of going hard, I’m calling for balance. In all your
hards, hard going,cho blow-wow...In all that you do, don’t forget to be
civil, gracious, thankful, sometimes a little reticent, understanding,
compassionate and simple. Again, the go soft philosophy is not paradoxical to
the go hard philosophy but complementary. Do yuh ting, but in a kind way-and
don’t forget those around you.
Who loves you like I do?
(chirping crickets)…That’s right! NOBODY!
I am your Jodi today and always!