What do you think of when you hear the word ‘grace‘?
When I was growing up, I lived in a religious home so to me grace often meant the garbled mutterings before a meal. Now that I’m a bit older and not religious the word is not loaded that way for me. I can still recite by rote the go-to fave from my upbringing, though.
When I hear the word grace now, I sometimes think of Elaine Benes from Seinfeld, where she is interviewed for a job at a publishing firm and she is compared to the elegant and graceful Jackie Onassis. Elaine gives up on grace and admits in the interview that she has no grace, doesn’t even say grace. It’s a funny scene, a credit to great writing and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ acting skills.
I’m a bit like Elaine I think. I wish I was more elegant, more full of grace in my daily life and my dealings with others. I try to be graceful, I attempt to mind my ‘p’s and ‘q’s but inevitably, my stompy, inelegant self comes through. I guess my endeavours to harness slivers of grace is evidence of my aspirational qualities, if nothing else.
Grace is a wonderful quality to have. I admire those who embody it. Those people who walk tall and proud. Those who can speak quietly with tolerance and patience. With grace. But, like Elaine and me, if you don’t have it, don’t force it. Be happy with the person you are. Sure, make little changes and improvements, but embrace YOU.
I’m still working out how to do this, by the way!
Have a great day.
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