Softness caresses the skin of a newborn, brushes a lover’s cheek, writes an I love you on a post-it note, smells a warm bun and remembers, warms through a sunny window, consoles a scratched knee, discreetly offers a tissue, knows how to hold or just give a hand, listens to what words don’t say, smiles when we are speechless, observes what we don’t take the time to see, whispers to the soul…
Softness is silent for a moment, listens to a wrinkled brow, says you are always right on time when you call, shares itself eye to eye, is nourished by the sight of a sleeping child… Softness touches a relationship in its most intimate depth. It surprises by its truth. It crosses our cracks, illuminates our shadows. Softness suspends time, misunderstanding, fear, judgment, hate, ego, identity, it watches over the unexpected.
Enigmatic force, it combines tact, subtlety, reserve and discretion. Anne Dufourmantelle in her marvelous work on The Power of Softness describes it with depth and delicacy.
“From animality, it keeps the instinct, from childhood the enigma, from prayer the appeasement, from nature the unpredictability, from light the light.” Where to find softness? “Underneath is the softness, lurking. Under every looked at thing, just the line underneath, it’s there, under every touched thing, every word spoken, every gesture begun, like the melodic line that accompanies a sung line.”
What if we let ourselves be cherished by softness? Knowing how to receive it, loving to give it. What if softness became a practice to cultivate change, to cross the abyss of indifference?
Just when we are about to pass cross through the famous “Watch your step”, it would delicately whisper to our mind: “Pause”, to let us be surprised by its creative energy, in family, at school, with friends and even at work…
To all Men and Women, lovers of humanity, eager for strong sensations, I make a call to experience softness!