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Reimagining Beauty – G is for Grace

Blogging A to Z

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For my Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I am writing about how storytellers, writers, parents, teachers (in other words, just about anyone) can reimagine beauty to be more inclusive. That way, people with disabilities, varying body types and racial backgrounds, etc. (in other words, anyone) can feel and be recognized by the world as the beauties they truly are.

G is for Grace

What is it about ballet dancers? Their arms swim through the air like Monet’s paintbrush must have swished on canvas. Every gesture is fluid. Every flick of the wrist is delicate, planned, and full of grace.

A young teen in my son’s dancing school walks onstage. Her movements can be as simple as a toss of her head or the arching of her back. If that is all she does, I still suck in my breath. The young woman embodies grace. Whenever she moves, I believe that I am witnessing art in motion. Grace is simply beautiful.

Once, in a restaurant, I was served by a man who might have been ballet trained. Every simple placement of drink and silverware was gentle, artful, and beautiful to watch. I was more interested in his act of bringing the food than in the food itself. There was no clinking or scraping. There were no awkward hesitations. Everything floated down to the table, perfectly placed by a man with a serene countenance. Hungry though I was, the attractiveness of the food on my plate was nothing compared to the beautiful grace of the server’s movements. I never forgot him.

Grace makes an impression.

But graceful beauty is not confined to movement and gesture. Graceful interactions, manners, politeness – in short, graciousness – is beautiful to witness and to receive.

When we speak or write of beauty, let’s not forget how beautiful grace is. Grace comes through movement and in the gracious way people behave toward one another. The dancer, the polite and courteous one, the gentle soul who moves artfully through life, these are people who are beautiful. They are beautiful because of their grace and because their grace contributes to the beauty of the world.

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3 thoughts on “Reimagining Beauty – G is for Grace

  1. I’m enjoying your A-Z posts very much. One of the reasons: I have 2 little granddaughters, and have growing sensitivity to how common it is for people to converse and comment about looks (clothes, hair, etc.) when talking with little girls (I raised 2 boys, and didn’t much encounter that then…). We like very much to talk about interests and attributes and abilities, etc., instead – and I love how your blog is exploring beautiful attributes and behavior! Thanks.

  2. Paul Burns on said:

    ….and the grace of ballroom dancing or Olympians on ice.
    ….and the grace of my grandson performing on stage.

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