Michelle from WordPress gave us this little prompt today: “Write a six-word story about what you think the future holds for you, and then expand on it in a post.”
The six word story: She walked in beauty and grace.
Are there any two things in the human experience more wondrous than beauty and grace? They seem like nebulous terms but are not. Beauty, said often to be in the eye of the beholder is one of the greatest gifts we have been given, and to recognize it, is to live a life well-lived.
Grace can be defined as living in elegance with poise and charm. Ironic is it not that Grace Kelly seemed to be the very definition of her name (let us not delve too deeply into Princess Grace’s life on earth, instead remember her aura.) My iconic woman of grace though is Audrey Hepburn, who once said: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
Beauty is defined in my Encarta Dictionary as “the combination of qualities that make something pleasing and impressive to look at, listen to, touch, smell or taste.” That pretty well covers everything in our immediate world—finding pleasure in what we see, hear, touch, smell, or taste is a life of beauty.
Grace, as a noun has sister words that I so admire: kindness, decency, charity, benevolence, and mercy. In a more spiritual sense its synonyms are blessing, prayer, and thanksgiving. In a non-secular sense, grace is defined as a gift of God to humankind: “in Christianity, the infinite love, mercy, favour, and goodwill shown to humankind by God.” (Encarta Dictionary)
So when I say that my end story is that I want to walk in beauty and grace—it means that I want to live life to the fullest, to enjoy what it has to give, but also to give back. I try to live a life that does not harm others—I have not always been successful in this, but it is my goal.
She walked in beauty and grace. It is the story I want to unfold.