Cecil Beaton, The 1968 Sitting – Queen Elizabeth II, White Drawing Room
One of the best kept beauty secrets and one of the most difficult to come by is grace.
The art of grace or the state of grace, whatever it is called I find grace a tough one to master.
Many descriptions apply to the concept of grace.
Elegance, goodwill, serenity, poise… and many actions can manifest themselves in a graceful way.
Grace can be attributed to physical beauty and certainly to spiritual and emotional beauty.
I find women who have mastered the art of grace very peaceful women to be around.
Their composed natures suffuses me with calm; it is almost as if that untroubled state is catching.
If only it were a permanent one.
I believe that grace comes with practice.
To be graceful physically requires great fortitude; think of the world’s foremost classical ballerinas.
A graceful composure and way of living is no less onerous to learn.
We could say that some are born with grace. Yes, I believe that they are.
Most of us mere mortals must strive hard to develop the personal characteristics that define us.
How can we become more graceful?
Physically we can teach our bodies through lifestyle changes… with diet, with exercise and by focusing on posture.
Mentally and emotionally, grace is not quite as straightfoward.
Grace has a lot to do with self-acceptance.
Women who appear to have conquered this are generally content in their lives, self-confident and generous. Giving breeds generosity of spirit from others and this does wonders for our self confidence.
Grace and wisdom go hand in hand: Learning to make the right choices and being considered about them.
Understanding that it is ok to say no and that sometimes saying no means nothing more than being aware of ourselves and our limitations.
Grace means we don’t need the applause of others to be secure in our decision making.
I find that some days are better and some months can be better when it comes to feeling graceful.
There are no sure bets.
Stress, over work and pressure seem to put a dent in a tranquil state like nothing else.
Everyday is another chance to breath in deeply, relax the shoulders and search for that intangible quality we call grace. xv